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Under the Elms 14 

President Gee comes to town . 

a piece of Mars lands on the 

campus . . . mysterious Brown 

chairs ... a presidential name 

for a Providence school . . . 

and more. 


Here &Now 


Carrying the Mail 




Prognostications for 1997-98 



The Transfer 

By Scott Upton 'gS 



Rising Tide, by John M. Barry 


Reviewed by Chad Gaits 

Bitter Lake, by Ann Harleman 



Reviewed by Jennifer Sutton 

In Class 


Ladies, Lost and Found 

By Shea Dean 

The Classes 




Finally. . . 



By Maxim D. Shrayer '89 

The Tougaloo Connection 

For thirty years two colleges have been trying to collaborate 
across differences of race and geography. Their story is a window 
into America's racial divide. By Anthony Walton '87 A.M. 


Going for the Goal 

SideUned by cancer before his sophomore year, soccer player 
Doug Ulman '99 is helping others fight back. By Charles Salter Jr. 

Plug-In Utopias 

Is the Internet the information superhighway or the road to 
ruin? One alum ponders a middle path. By David Shenk '88 

The Blossom Artist 

In the shadow of the Bronx's urban jungle, Marco Polo Stufano 
'60 has sculpted a botanical slice of Eden. By Scott Turner 

Portrait: The Levy File 

Alan Levy "52 has dubbed Prague the Left Bank of the 1990s. As 
a thirty-year expatriate, he should know. By Aaron S. Kurilofj 'g6 





cover: Photograph by John Foraste. 
A student listens in a class taught by Jerry 
Ward, a professor at Tougaloo College. 

Volume 98 • Number l 
September/October 1997 

Here & Now 

What's New 


■ hange doesn t come 

^^^ easy for some people. 
Take our five-year-old. When 
we substituted low-flu for regu- 
lar margarine on his breakfast 
toast, Kevin spat it out after a 
single bite. He disdains the Gap 
sweatshirt I bought to replace 
last year's outgrown one, refuses to part 
with old toothbrushes (our bathroom is a 
museum of flattened brisries), and tried all 
summer - unsuccessfully - to convince us 
he should return to preschool rather than 
start kindergarten. 

With both Brown and the BAM 
undergoing changes this fall, I'm glad my 
colleagues and I don't share Kevin's resis- 
tance to novelty. Most of our readers 
know that the University has named a 
president-elect, E. Gordon Gee (see page 
14). We also have a new vice president for 
alumni relations, Steven Calvert (page 16). 
So what else is new? 

Here at the magazine, we've said 
good-bye to one colleague, promoted a 
second, and are welcoming a third. Jen- 
nifer Sutton, who became the B.-lA/'s 
assistant editor in June 1993, left the staff 
this past July to freelance and to spend 
more time with her one-year-old daugh- 
ter. We're delighted that Jen, an award- 
winning writer (see below), will continue 
to be affiliated with the BAM as a con- 
tributing editor, overseeing the magazine's 
Studentside page and writing occasional 

Former editorial/technical associate 
Chad Gaits has been named assistant edi- 
tor. The creator of the B.-lA/'s Web pres- 
ence and our all-around computer guru, 
he has written memorable profiles and 
features for the magazine, including 
April's cover story on Oscar-winning 
special-effects wizard Scott Anderson '86 
and last October's feature on the geolog^'- 
chemistry building. 

Joining the staff as editorial/technical 
associate is Victoria Still '97 of Greensboro, 
North Carolina. A reporter, columnist, 
and opinions-page editor for the Brown 
Daily HeraW, Torn held internships at the 
Providence Phoenix and II7/(' Cares, a 

Washington-based magazine about com- 
munity service. 

Perhaps the biggest change for the 
staff IS that we're producing a larger mag- 
azine - 80 to 88 pages, up from 48 to 56 - 
bimonthly, instead of nine times a year. 
We hope you'll enjoy the expanded cov- 
erage this format allows. One thing hasn't 
changed: while we're no longer the 
Monthly, as Brown Ahinini Miigazinc we're 
still the BAM. 

hi addition to new developments, we 
have some good news to share. This past 
summer the BAM received a gold medal 
in the university magazines competition 
sponsored by the Council for Advance- 
ment and Support of Education (CASE). 
Only three golds (first place) were given 
in this category nationally; Cornell and 
Rutgers won the others. 

And the atbremennoned Jennifer Sut- 
ton won a silver medal in CASE's best 
articles competition for her May 1996 
BAM cover story, "The People Next 
Door," about the Fox Point neighbor- 
hood near the Brown campus. Good 
writing has been this magazine's trade- 
mark for decades. Congratulations and 
thanks to Jen for continuing the tradition. 

It's sure to be an interesting autumn: a 
new school year, a new president-elect, a 
newly expanded magazine . . . even the 
staff has a new look. Now if I could only 
get Kevin to wear that sweatshirt. 


Anne Hinman DirriLY '73 



September/October 1997 
Volume 9S, No. i 


Editor Anne Hmnian DifFily '73 

Managing Editor Norni,in Boucher 

Art Director K.uhryn de Boer 

Assistant Editor Chad Gaits 

Business Manager Pamela M. Parker 

Editorial Associate Victoria Still '97 

Contributing Editors Shea Dean '92, 

Peter Mandel 'Si .-^.m., Jennifer Sutton, 

K.ircn Wargo 

Pliotography John Foraste 

Design Sandra Delany, Sandra Kenney 

Administrative Assistant Sheila Cournover 

Board of Editors 

Cliair John Monaghan "55 

Vice Chair Dana B. Cowin '82 

Tom Bodkin '7_s, Anne Azzi Davenport '85, 

Eric Gertler '85, Jonathan Karp '86, 

Karen Leggett-Abouraya '72, 

Edward Marecki '65, Peter Bernstein '73, 

Annie Tsui Ogata '84, Stacy Palmer '82, 

Ellen Rosen '79. Eric Schrier '73, 

Lisa Singhania "94, Benjamin Weiser '76, 


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Better things for better living 

Carrying the Mail 

Those Glorious Natives 

Reading the BAM is normally a treat I 
reserve for after dinner with a glass of 
merlot. But the May issue was different - 
I had to read the magazine right away. 
Tucked into the center was a dehghtful 
article on plants native to the United 
States. It was the photographs that got 
me. As a gardener tor many years, I am 
always stopped by the picture ot a flower. 

The definition of true "natives" (i.e., 
did they originate in the United States or 
were they imported?) means nothing to 
me. I define native plants as those which 
do well here untended. 

Under my definition, it is natives which 
make autumn in New England so glorious. 
In particular, blue asters, goldenrod, and 
Queen Anne's lace belong to us. And who 
cares where the rugosa rose came from, 
so long as it's planted along highways in 
Rhode Island and New Jersey? 

The team ot [Managing Editor] Nor- 
man Bouclier and [photographer] John 
Foraste remind me of that old Columbia 
University football pair, "the Gold Dust 
Twins" (Lou Kussero and Bill Swiacki): 
always good together. 

Gen Ciirr Nelson '^i 

Middlesex, N.J. 

GNeboiij46@tiol .ami 

More Healing Words 

As one who has been involved in holistic 
health education tor many years, I was 
very pleased to see that Brown, through 
Associate Dean of Medicine Lynn 
Epstein, is using literature to teach its 
pre-med students about the mind-body 
connection ("Healing Words," May). The 
medical profession is shockingly behind 
its own clients in this area. Because of 
this, many have turned to other healers. 
One survey claimed that one-third of 
Americans currently use one or more 


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"alternative" approaches to healing. 

I would like to suggest one addition 
to Dean Epstein's excellent reading list: a 
new book by a physician and Nobel 
prize winner. Dr. Bernard Lown. The Lost 
Art of Healing uses Dr. Lown's own edu- 
cation and e.xperience to illustrate the 
powerful healing ability of the mind. It 
also shows how almost any doctor can 
use this ability to improve the effective- 
ness of treatments. I would make it 
required reading for every medical stu- 
dent and practicing physician. 

Jack Edmonston '64 

Newton, Mass. 

Gee = Whiz 

I have been at Ohio State for the past six 
years as a graduate student in arts policy 
and administration and as a staff member. 
During this time I have had the opportu- 
nity to work with [Brown President- 
Elect] E. Gordon Gee both through my 
involvement in student government and 
as a staff member. 

Dr. Gee will be a tremendous asset 
to Brown. One of his greatest strengths 
at Ohio State has been creating a positive 
media presence for the school, a critical 
job at a public university. He has signifi- 
cantly improved the quality of the acade- 
mic programs by recruiting high-quality 
faculty, students, and statf. He is a skilled 
fund-raiser and strong public force in a 

political environment not always recep- 
tive to higher education. 

As president of the Council of Grad- 
uate Students at Ohio State, I regret that 
I will only be working with Dr. Gee for 
the first half of my term. Dr. Gee under- 
stands and values graduate education. As a 
Brown alumnus, however, I am thrilled 
for my alma mater and for what Dr. Gee 
can do for both undergraduate and grad- 
uate programs. We are getting a first-rate 
president who will serve us well. 

Through my graduate program I have 
also worked with Dr. Constance Bumgar- 
ner Gee. She is a strong advocate tor the 
arts and brings a rich knowledge of arts- 
education policy issues to her teaching. 

Kathleen R. Carberry 'SS 

Columbus, Ohio 

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Star Turn 

Perusing the May class notes, I noticed 
that Erik Todd DeUums '86 played the 
role of Luther Mahoney on TV's Homi- 
cide. Even amid that show's stellar ensem- 
ble, Mr. DeUums 's turn as Luther stood 
out for Its authenticity, wit, and grit. 

As a devotee of the show, I only wish 
Mr. DeUums 's character could rise from 
the dead; Luther was gunned down in 
dramatic fashion at the end of last season. 
He even died magnificently. 

I look forward to seeing where Mr. 
DeUums turns up next. 

Fred Baumgarten 'jg 


Bool<-Review Bias? 

Who makes your book-review assign- 
ments - the Chicago Seven? Surely their 
progeny are ali\-e and well at Brown, 
teaching and writing the kind of cri- 
tiques that help keep Brown the most 
predictable school in the IV7 League. 

Witness the April and May issues of 
the B.i.M. where reviews by Brown fac- 
ulty "politically corrected" works by 
alumni. The first was a book by Dewey 
Clarridge 's3 about his life in the CIA 
(verdict: not nice; hold your nose; we don't 
like what the CIA tried to do to Castro). 

s E P I I- M B E R / o c T o I) li u I y y 7 

The second, by Ken Dornstem '91, was 
about personal-injury insurance fraud 
(verdict: society forces poor people to do 
this, and in any event its the fault of the 
big, bad insurance companies themselves). 

Is the conservative professor at Brown 
too busy to write book reviews? How 
about the Republican? 

Tyler S. Posey '7.? 

McLean, Va. 

Auto-Insurance Savings 

Professor Ross Cheit's review of ,4m- 
denliiUy on Purpose by Ken Dornstein '91 
(Books, May) faults the author for not 
concluding that insurers, as well as 
"lawyers, doctors, and society at large," 
are to blame for insurance fraud. He 
misses the point that the tort system of 
ascertaining liability, particularly concern- 
ing automobile accidents, is the primary 
cause of insurance fraud. 

The tort system encourages inflated 
claims, particularly among those not seri- 
ously injured. The reason for this is sim- 
ple: every dollar of medical claims trans- 
lates into about three dollars in claims for 
pain and suftering. 

The tort system results in the over- 
compensation of accident victims with 
minor injuries, while the seriously 
injured are undercompensated. People 
with losses under $2,500 typically receive 
three times their losses, while those with 
losses between $25,000 and $100,000 
recover, on average, only halt their losses. 

First-party auto insurance would end 
much of the fraud and excessive claiming. 

Under a first-party system, a driver gives 
up the right to sue (or the cost of being 
sued) for pain and suffering in return for 
guaranteed payment for economic losses, 
without having to prove someone else 
was at fault. According to an April report 
by the Congressional Joint Economic 
Committee, legislation introduced in the 
U.S. Senate allowing drivers to choose 
first-party coverage would save drivers 
$243 annually, or 32 percent of their auto 
insurance premiums. Without claims for 
pain and suffering, and without the need 
for a lawyer to find someone to blame 
for an accident, much of the incentive for 
$13 billion to $18 billion in excessive 
auto claims would disappear. 

Kenneth E. Swab '23 A.M. 

Alexandria, Va. 


No Longer Anonymous 

I was sorry to see that Joyce Wetherald 
Fairchild '47 was referred to as "an 
unidentified dormmate" in the photo 
caption on page 46 (The Classes, July). 
Joyce has been a most active and com- 
mitted alumna, not to mention a recent 
and valued trustee of the University. 

My husband and I, both Brown grad- 
uates, greatly enjoy the BAM and look 
forward to catching up on Brown each 
month. It's a great publication for alumni, 
and I hope you will be able to correct 
this oversight for Joyce, who is one great 
alumna for Brown! 

Sophie Henderson 'S6 

New York City 

Student Strike Clianged His Life 

After reading editor Anne Diffily's 
account of her involvement with the 
antiwar movement during her under- 
graduate years at Brown (Here & Now, 
May), I am moved to describe my own 
experience, which differed considerably. 

I arrived at Brown a year ahead of 
Ms. Diffily and was comparably ignorant 
about our government's war, even though 
hometown buddies were in Vietnam 
at that moment. Although I was at the 
November 1969 State House Moratorium 
demonstration, at that point I was, like 
her, "along for the ride." This was, after 
all, the socially prevalent peer behavior. 

The student strike of May 1970, 
however, changed my life. Faced with the 
decision to vote for or against the strike, 
I voted for it and decided that if this 
were serious enough to call a halt to my 
"business as usual," then it was time to 
pay serious attention. For the next three 
weeks or so, I spent every night reading 
about the history of the Indochina War 
and attending teach-ins. Every day I can- 
vassed the people of Rhode Island, going 
to different neighborhoods, knocking on 
every door, and talking about the war 
with whomever was home. 

My knowledge and understanding 
of the United States and its role in the 
world grew exponentially, and with it 
my anger and motivation to do every- 
thing I could to help change it. When the 
faculty gave us time off the following fall 
to work for electoral candidates of our 
choosing, I threw myself into the Senate 
campaign of a peace candidate in Con- 
necticut, and after that, the McGovern 


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f you've never traveled with us, this is your year to become a 
Brown Traveler! 

East Africa, West Texas, Northern Italy ... the wilds of Alaska, the fjords 
of Norway ... the romance, history, and beauty of Ireland, France, 
and Eastern Europe ... all these destinations await you as we launch 
another season. 

On every trip you will enjoy the unique added perspective of a 
distinguished member of Brown's faculty. 

Join fellow alumni, parents, and friends for an extraordinary travel 
experience in 1998 . . . Join the Brown Travelers! 

A preview of our 1998 trips 

The Other Africa 
A Tenting Safari 

January 1^-28 

Experience the Africa of a by-gone era, 
the Africa lost to most travelers who stay 
on the main roads and in the big game park 
hotels, on this amazing journey through 
the Kenya of our imaginations. You will 
stay in luxury tent camps, where superb 
meals, including freshly baked bread, will 
be served to you on fine china and 
where you will be lulled to sleep in a 
real bed by the beautiful sounds of the 
African Savanna. Group size strictly 
limited; please sign up early! 

BROWN FACULTY: Assistant Professor 
of History Nancy Jacobs 
From $5,995. including airfare from 
Boston or New York 

The Last Frontier of Texas: 
Big Bend National Park 

March 24 -31 

A brand-new destination for the Travelers 
is an American treasure, tucked inside the 
mighty curve of the Rio Grande River, 
a spectacularly diverse region of bold land- 
scapes, including 7,800-foot mountains, 
rolling hills, river canyons, and long desert 
vistas. Home to Mescalero Apaches and 
Comanches, Buffalo Soldiers, cowboys, 
miners, and Mexican revolutionaries, 
the park has a colorful past as well as 
incredible natural beauty. 

BROWN FACULTY: Professor of Geological 
Sciences Terry TuUis 

From $1,995, including airfare from Boston 
or New York 

Alumni College of Tuscany 

April 28 - May 6 

1997's trip to this lovely campus abroad in 
Cortona, Tuscany, proved so popular we 
turned away dozens of travelers, so it 
seemed only fitting to offer this popular 
program again in 1998. Travelers to Cor- 
tona were delighted by its artistic and 
architectural treasures, as well as its conve- 
nient access to towns such as Siena, Peru- 
gia, Assisi, and Florence. 

BROWN FACULTY: to be announced 
$2,195, including airfare from Boston or 
New York 

Alumni College of Ireland 
Ennis, Ireland 

May 13 - 21 

Irish melodies played on a harp. Irish Set 
Dancing lessons. Irish Shanachi (story- 
tellers). Stone Age tombs, Iron-Age forts, 
cathedrals, abbeys, and castles. Ireland 
is perhaps the most enchanting country 
in the world. This Alumni College will 
unlock the mystery of 7,000 years of 
history's milestones, in an historic town 
full of old-world charm, in the heart of 
ancient and youthful, dignified and lively, 
wildly beautiful County Clare. 

BROWN FACULTY: Professor of History 
Perry Curtis 

From $2,095 including airfare from Boston 
or New York 

Cotes du Rhone passage 

June 2-15 

Savor the world's finest cuisine, taste the 
oldest wines, and explore firsthand Van 
Gogh's favorite landscapes on this incredi- 
ble land/river journey. You will start in the 
magical city of Cannes, truly the jewel of 
the Mediterranean's Cote d'.^zur. Then sail 
from the 14th century capital of Christen- 
dom, Avignon, and stop along the way 
in Aries, Viviers, Tournon, and Lyon. What 
better finale than Paris, the "city of light?" 

BROWN FACULTY: ,'\ssociate Professor of 
History Carolyn Dean 
From $3,995, including airfare from Boston 
or New York 


the Brown Travelers 

Introducing the Treasures of Northern 
Italy's Po River 

June 12-23 

Possibly our most romantic 1998 offering 
is this deluxe twelve-day journey into 
the heart of Renaissance Italy, featuring a 
three-night stay in Florence and a two- 
night stay in Venice. You will wind your 
way through Northern Italy's Tuscany, Lom- 
bardy, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto regions, 
with ample time to appreciate the artistic, 
architectural, culinary and cultural trea- 
sures which abound in the birthplace of Da 
Vinci and Michaelangelo. 

BROWN FACULTY to be announced 

From $3,995, including airfare from Boston 

or New York 

Alumni College in Scandinavia: 
Voss, Norway 

June 29 -July 7 

Land of Vikings and fjords, Norway is 
another brand-new destination for the 
Brown Travelers. You'll spend a week in the 
picturesque village of Voss, with excursions 
to Bergen, Vik, Ulvik, the Sognefjord and 
the Hardangerfjord. From a special Edvard 
Grieg concert to a performance of folkloric 
song and dance, you'll be immersed in 
the culture of Norway while comfortably 
nestled in its breathtaking natural beauty. 

BROWN FACULTY to be announced 

From $2,295 including airfare from Boston 

or New York 

Family Alaskan Wilderness and 
Glacier Expedition 

July 8-20 

A remarkable value, this is the Brown 
Travelers trip for the whole family, from 
grandparents to young children. The 
Young Explorers program is tailored to 
children aged 6-9, 10-13, and 14-18, 
who will meet with Alaskan children and 
with Iditarod dog sled race participants 
and their dogs, and participate in a raft 
adventure down the Tanana River. Adults 
will appreciate the pristine and powerful 
beauty of America's last wilderness, includ- 
ing a two-day stay in Denali National Park. 

Please note: Alaska is always a sell-out, 
so please make your reservations early to 
avoid disappointment! 

BROWN FACULTY to be announced 
From $2,700; children's pricing to be 
advised, includmg airfare from Boston or 
New York with low air add-ons from 
over 90 U.S. cities 

Cruise Europe 

From Amsterdam to Budapest 

August 26 - September 11 

Harking back to the days when "the tour" 
of Europe was de rigueur for anyone well- 
traveled, this unique adventure allows 
you to see the face of Europe reflected in 
three of the Continent's most majestic 
waterways: The Rhine, the Maine, and 
the Danube. Fifteen stops along the way 
include Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Frank- 
furt, Passau-Linz, Vienna, Bratislava, and 
Budapest. The M/S Erasmus is one 
of Europe's finest "floating hotels" - and 
you'll only have to unpack once! 

BROWN FACULTY to be announced 

From $4,495 including airfare from Boston 

or New York 

The Danube River 

Vienna to the Black Sea and Istanbul 

October (dates to be announced) 

Savor the many cultural charms and the 
rich history of Central and Eastern Euro- 
pean cities, from Belgrade and Bucharest 
to Vienna and Budapest. You'll cruise 
the most scenic part of the fabled Danube 
River, aboard the brand new M.S. Ama- 
deus. One of our most popular trips, the 
cruise includes many sightseeing excur- 
sions, dance and chamber music perfor- 
mances aboard ship, and a most civilized 
five o'clock tea each afternoon. 

BROWN FACULTY to be announced 

From $^,995, including airfare from Boston 

or New York 

And coming in January 1999: 

Southern South America: Where the 
Scenery Steals the Show 

A true natural wonder unmatched any- 
where for its variety: glaciers, snow-capped 
Andean peaks, fjords, the Patagonian 
Steppes, deserts, southern and Antarctic 
beech forests, white-water rivers, pristine 
lakes, and spectacular waterfalls. This 
will be an unforgettable journey. 

BROWN FACULTY to be announced 

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presidential campaign, and at medical 
school. Medical Aid for Indochina. 

Certainly, as Ms. Diftily observes, the 
student antiwar movement was "unbear- 
ably puerile" for some who, for a variety 
of reasons, reinained alienated from it: tor 
others, however, it was an engine of 

Alan Meyers 'y2 

Cambridge, Mass. 


E Blaming the Victim 

KennardT. Wing '78 blames a young 
woman who was violated for failing to 
show good judgment in her drinkmg 
behavior ("Alcohol and Responsibility," 
Mail, May). He says nothing about the 
judgment of the young man who thought 
It was fine to have sex with someone who 
was so drunk that she passed out and was 
not legally able to give consent. Her poor 
judgment caused her to be drunk; it took 
another person to have se.x with her to 
create serious emotional consequences 
for both parties. 

As Wing suggests, alcohol is often a 
factor in sexual assault. It is always wise 
to practice gooci judgment, but lapse ot 
judgment is not an invitation for crime. 
Most victims of sexual assault already 
feel responsible for the crime committed 
against them. I wouldn't feel comfortable 
telling them that had they been more 
responsible, they could have prevented 
the crime; Brown's sexual assault policies 
shouldn't feel comfortable with it, either. 

Even those who demonstrate "respon- 
sible drinkmg behavior" can be raped. 
Those who drink irresponsibly are no 
more at fault for crimes committed 
against them than anyone else. Encourage 
"responsible drinking behavior," but 
remember that potential victims cannot 
always halt sexual abuse by being respon- 
sible. Potential perpetrators can. 

Julie E. Colli 'g6 

Bethesda, Md. 

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Anna V Schissel 'g6 

Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 

Insulting Response 

You published, m your May issue, a sarcas- 
tic and insulting letter by Geary Mizuno 
'77 in response to my letter, published in 
March. Mr. Mizuno's letter misstates what 
I said. 

I liad been disturbed by a piece in the 

December BAM which included what I 
had called "a simplistic assault on the 
institution of the [medical] internship." 
Mr. Mizuno, m an attempt to give greater 
meaning to the word simplistii, wrote that 
he was "relieved to hear from Dr. Marantz 
that . . . physicians are not subject to the 
debiUtatmg effects of fatigue." In fact, what 
I had said was: "The available evidence 
(limited though it may be) suggests that 
the risks to patients created by the loss of 
continuifv more than offsets any benefit of 
reduced house-staft tatigue."This statement 
hardly denies the impact of fatigue, but 
raises questions about continuity of care 
(hardly an issue with truck drivers, whom 
Mr. Mizuno views as analogous to interns). 

Mr. Mizuno chided me for "failure. . . 
to provide any references." Here's the 
citation: Petersen, L.A.; Brennan,T.A.; 
O'Neil, A.C.; Cook, E.E; Lee, T.H.; "Does 
housestaff discontinuity of care increase 
the risk for preventable adverse events?" 
Annals of Internal Medicine i2i(ii):866-72, 
December i, 1994. 

1 concluded my original letter by say- 
ing, "We don't do justice to the complex- 
ity of this issue with gratuitous comments 
such as those made in your article." Nor 
do we, I believe, by printing the inflam- 
matory misrepresentations made by Mr. 

Paul Marantz '7S. 'fi M.D. 

Stamford, Conn. 


Time to Change Title IX 

Most of Brown's seventeen women's 
teams have openings on their rosters. 
StiU the courts found that the University 
wasn't providing sufficient athletic oppor- 
tunities for women. So Brown will add 
three more teams. Aspiring athletes who 
weren't interested in any of the seventeen 
existing women's teams will ^o\^' ha\'e 
additional opportunities to form partial 
rosters m such popular sports as water 
polo and equestrian. 

At the same time, according to Pres- 
ident Gregorian, the University "will 
place strict limits on the men's varsity 
programs." Although it may please a mil- 
itant faction, what does capping men's 
rosters have to do with providing athletic 
opportunities for women? It doesn't 
cost any more to carry reserves on most 
teams, so depriving these men ot a chance 
to participate won't make tiinds available 
for women. 

Instead of serving its original purpose 
of endiiii:; discrimination, Title IX is 



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neers to establish discriminatory quotas. 
If this is what Tide IX has come to, its 
time to change the law. 

Bob Christin '6g 

Washington Grove, Md. 

Where Are the Values? 

A Si million athletic coaching chair! 
(Brown Sports Foundation advertise- 
ment. May.) I'm speechless. Also disgusted 
and sad. 

How many scholarships (nonathletic) 
would this money provide? How many 
underfunded academic programs could 
it help? Where are the values? 
Janet Blake '31 

Rumford, R.I. 
Like an endowed professorship, an endowed 
coaching chair frees funds normally spein on 
thai salary for other uses, inclndmg financial 
aid and academic programs. Brown does not 
award athletic scholarships. — Editor 

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All that Dr. Juanita Wagner '49 Ph.D. 
described ("Here Comes the Millen- 
nium," Mail, May) is accurate and logical - 
except that our calender was created with- 
out a year zero. Time went from the end 
of I B.C. to the beginning of i A.D. Thus, 
the first year A.D. ended after the final sec- 
ond of I A. D. The first decade ended after 
the final second of 10 A.D, and the first 
century after the final second of 100 A.D. 
The first millennium ended after the final 
second of 1000 A.D. Similarly, the second 
millennium will end after the final second 
of 2000 A. D - on January 1,2001. 

Does it make any difference that the 
Royal Greenwich Observatory (now in 
Cambridge, England) asserts that the 
third nuUennium will not begin until 
2001? Of course not. People act on what 
they believe or want to believe. It is clear 
they want to believe that the millennium 
will begin on January I, 2000. The best 
one can hope for is a second celebration 
a year later. 

My concern is with the policy that 
allowed publication of Dr. Wagner's letter. 
Publishing differences of opinion are one 
thing. But here is a factual inaccuracy, one 
that I hope the staff recognized. What is 
the purpose of publishing the letter? 

David A. Detrich '60 

Mattituck, N.Y. 

Low-Visibility Classnote 

You folks don't know how irrelevant you 
are to thousands of older alumni. They 
don't even read the BAM. 

How do I know? Last December an 
item about me appeared in the Classes 
section. I was a highly visible character on 
the campus. Only three folks responded, 
and there are more than 600 in the class. 
My high school class of 1948 had 235 
grads. An informal phone and letter net- 
work by a couple of friends in October 
produced more than twenty phone calls 
and letters from coast to coast. 

The irrefutable conclusion: huge 
numbers of older alumni are not reading 
the BAM. 

Miles E. Cunat '52 

Riverside, 111. 

Cell Talk and More 

An article in your May issue ("Cell Talk,' 
Elms) reported on the research of Assis- 
tant Professor of Neuroscience Justin Fal 
Ion, a molecular biologist whose presen- 

tation was part of the first Brown Brain 
Science Research Day, held April 3 . 

I was delighted to chair the Research 
Day program, which was attended by 
nearly 200 people and which included 
speakers fironr the Departments of Cogni- 
tive Science, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, 
Neurology, Psychologv', and Psychiatry and 
Human Behavior. The event was a product 
of the Brown Brain Science Committee, 
which has been meeting for the past year. 
The committee's goal is to foster collabo- 
ration and to create a Center of Scientific 
Excellence in Research and Teaching that 
includes aU departments at the University 
and its medical school that concentrate 
on problems of the brain and human 
behavior. The members of the committee 
are Professors James Anderson of cognitive 
science; Mark Bear '84 Ph.D. and John 
Donoghue of neuroscience; Donald Easton 
of neurology; Mel Epstein of neurosurgery; 
BiU Wooten '68 Ph.D. and Michael Walker 
of psychology; and Steve Rasmussen '74, 
Charles Marotta, and myself from psychi- 
atry and human behavior. 

Brain Science Research Day was held 
in conjunction with a dean's symposium 
that reflected Dean of Medicine Donald 
Marsh's enthusiasm and support for our 
cooperation among departments. The 
symposium speaker was Solomon Snyder 
of Johns Hopkins University, recipient of 
the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Bio- 
medical Research. 

Martin B. Keller 

The writer is Mary E. Zucker Professor and 
chair of Brown's Department of Psychiatry 
and Human Behai'ior - Editor 

Reference Remedy 

In a previous issue, you referred to a 
publication by Abdul Hakim Khan on 
the benefits of 7.2 grams per day of gar- 
lic powder. Unfortunately, the exact 
reference was not given. Will you please 
rectify this oversight? Thank you. 

James H. Austin '.f6 

Moscow, Ind. 
The article appeared in Volume 64, Number ( 
of the American Journal of Clinical 
Nutrition, pages S66-70. - Editor 

Biologists in Belize 

In response to a letter from Skye Dent '76 
("The Real Belize," Mail, May), Managing 
Editor Norman Boucher skirts the main 
thrust of Dent's complaint: Brown Uni- 


versity should not be conducting nine- 
teenth-century-style research m Belize. 

While studying in Belize last fall, I 
learned the country's economic and 
political status is tar more complex than 
IS advertised to tourists. FoUovving 
Belize's independence from Britain, it fell 
into enormous debt. In an effort to gain 
foreign currency and defray its financial 
obligations, the Belizean government is 
recruiting international investors. 

I am concerned that Belize is "cash- 
ing m on the kind of short-sighted log- 
ging and mining that marked the colonial 
period." In the early ipyos, the Belizean 
government issued timber extraction per- 
mits to a Malaysian logging company. The 
deforestation ot old-growth forests jeopar- 
dizes the livelihood ot many subsistence- 
based communities. At the same time, 
Belize's expanding aquaculture industry 
threatens the coastal mangrove and estuary 
ecosystems. Under pressure from foreign 
investors, Belize is considering offshore 
oil extraction. It such mining operations 
proceed, much of the reef ecosystem that 
tourists flock to see will be jeopardized. 

Belizeans have held public protests 
and are seeking international support to 
prevent the destruction of their habitat. 
Brown and its biology department should 
give the people of Belize an opportunity 
to express their plight. Researchers study- 
ing in Belize should be informed not only 
about their field of study, but also about 
the context within which they study. 

Chuicy J. Chirk 'gS 


Surviving Christianity 

Samuel S. Cuthbert's letter ("Build an 
Ark," Mail, May) enraged me. Let me cor- 
rect his observation: "Over the long haul 
[Christianity] has provided American 
Judaism with its greatest buffer against the 
godless ethnocentrism that has pursued 
the Jewish people since the days of the 
idolaters of Egypt and Babylon." 

Christianity has been not a buffer, but 
the justification for centuries of persecu- 
tion. The Spanish Inquisition, the pogroms, 
and Hitler's "final solution" were all in 
the name of Christianity, often with the 
blessings of the pope and other religious 
leaders. Judaism has survived because our 
beliefs and observances are distinct from 
Christian beliefs and observances. 

As an observant Jew, I have heard all 
my life about not "quibbling over whether 
meetings should infringe on Jewish . . . 
religious observances." Without such 

"quibbling" at Brown, I would have had 
to choose between violating my religious 
beliefs or missing classes, exams, or meals. 
If Brown has become a litde more sensi- 
tive to these issues than it was twenty- 
five years ago, it is a reason to celebrate, 
not castigate, this change. 

SIhiwii Stem Gcrstman '72 

Buffalo, N.Y. 

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The sentence referred to in Mr Cuthbert's let- 
ter reads: "Rather than quibbling over whether 
meetings should infringe on Jewish or Christ- 
ian religious observances . . . "— Editor 

Keeney: No Villain 

I cannot accept Martin Plant's ill-consid- 
ered criticism of Barnaby Keeney ("Gre- 
gorian's Successor," Mail, April). I knew 
Keeney as mentor, colleague, president, and 
friend. He possessed all the good qualities 
which undergraduate Plant observed in 
him. If he maintained some relationship 
with the Central Intelligence Agency (and 
1 do not know this to be so), it hardly 
warrants an accusation of hypocrisy. 

Many ot us who served our country in 
intelligence during World War 11 were 
asked to carry on in peacetime in the CIA. 
1 declined the invitation, but a number of 

my colleagues, including Brown alumni, 
accepted. Despite its bad press in recent 
years, the CIA played a useful and neces- 
sary role in American security. It was not 
villainous when Keeney was president, and 
Keeney was no villain. Brown would be 
fortunate, indeed, to tlnd another president 
as witty, thoughtful, and high-minded. 

Edwin Burroti's Smith [^gA.M., 'so Ph.D. 

Huntington Woods, Mich, c^ 


Augustus A.White III is a member of the class of 
1957. His class year was given incorrectly in a July 
Under the Elms list of honorary-degree recipients. 

The Meiklejohn Lectures feature figures from the 
field of I.1W, not "world-class economists" as was 
stated in "All the President's Friends" (July). 

A sentence in a letter from Robert A. diCurcio 
'54 (Mail, July) should h.we read: "Here's the way 
to chase athletic brown studies [not "Brown stu- 
dents," as the B.-iM had it] away, once and for 
all." Mr diCurcio e.xpl,nns:"I meant the sentence 
to be mildly reproving of those who use a liberal 
arts college to fulfill dreams of sports stardom." 
He cites the Aincriain Hciltii^c Dictiotidry:"brown 
study; noun — a state of deep thought." 

The name of Susan Hurley-Glowa '97 Ph.D. was 
misspelled m a photo caption in The Classes 
(luly).The B.-lM regrets the error. 

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G • R • I • L • L • E 

One Cookson Place, Providence 
(401) 521-5600 


Under THE Elms 

was once pictured 
m the Brown Alumtn 
Monthly alongside sheep. 
E. Gordon Gee was once 
shown in Ohio States 
alumni magazine stand- 
ing with a pig. Now 
these two men have 
something other than 
farm anmials in com- 
mon: history will know 
them both as presidents 
of Brown. 

Although Gee does 
not become Brown's 
seventeenth president 
until January i , he has 
already made his pres- 
ence felt. He has been 
briefly to campus on working 
visits and has summoned 
senior administrators to meet 
with him in Ohio. For much 
of the summer the question 
uppermost in the mmds of 
faculty, staff, and students has 
been, "Who is E. Gordon 

First the facts. Gee was 
born February 2, 1944, in 
Vernal, Utah (pop. 6,644), be- 
tween the wild country of 
Ashley National Forest and 
Dinosaur National Monument. 
He was raised a Mormon by 
his mother, Vera, a third- 
grade teacher, and his father, 
a teacher and oil-company 
man who passed on to his 
son the first name Elwood. 
(Neither man has cared for it 
much.) Gee was a smart child, 
a self-described nerd who in 
high school played bass drum 
in the marching band and 
served as student body presi- 
dent."! never saw a non- 
Mormon or a Democrat until 
I was eighteen," he likes to 
tell reporters. Valedictorian of 
his high school class (pop. 150), 
he received a bacliclor's degree 

E. Gordon Gee 

the seventeenth president 

in history from the Univer- 
sity of Utah before earning a 
law degree and a doctorate m 
education at Columbia. 

Gee next spent a year as 
a judicial fellow and senior 
staff assistant to U.S. Supreme 
Court Chief Justice Warren 
Burger and then four years as 
associate law dean and law 
professor at Brigham Young 
University. In 1979, he became 
dean and professor at West 
Virginia University's law 
school; two years later he was 
West Virginia's president. He 
was thirty-seven, one of the 
youngest college presidents in 
the country. 

was fifteen years old, he 
made a defining sartorial 
decision. He began wearing a 
bow tie. The choice, cjuirky 

and uncool, has been a meta- 
phor for his personality ever 
since. Gee told a reporter from 
the Cleveland Plain Dealer last 
winter that at West Virginia, 
he was once advised to "look 
and act like a university pres- 
ident." The bow tie was re- 
placed by neckties and three- 
piece suits, but. Gee said, "I 
was failing. I was miserable." 
He returned to his trademark 
bow ties and stopped listening 
to other people's ideas about 
how a college president should 
act. The school prospered. 

So well, in fact, that in 1985 
he accepted the presidency 
of the University of Colorado, 
a post he held for five years. 
While boosting the univer- 
sity's fund-raising and building 
iLs football program, he became 
so popular in Colorado that 
observers speculated he might 

run tor governor — 
speculation that Gee, 
who has described 
himself as "either a 
Rockefeller Republi- 
can or a Jeffersonian 
Democrat," did litde 
to discourage. The 
same popularity soon 
surrounded him after 
he took over as presi- 
dent of Ohio State 
in 1990. In June 1995, 
one local television 
station interrupted 
Sally Jessy Raphael's 
talk show to broadcast 
live Gee's return to 
Columbus after declin- 
ing an offer to become 
president of the University of 
California. This year, Ohio 
television gave saturation cov- 
erage to his announcement 
that he had chosen to leave 
for Brown. 

Gee's popularity at Ohio 
State is even more remark- 
able for coming at a time of 
diminishing public resources. 
When the state cut funding 
for higher education. Gee re- 
spondecl by cutting unpopular 
academic programs and com- 
bining others. Heads roUed; 
when he ended - temporarily, 
it turned out - Ohio State's 
$15 million investment in an 
observatory on Arizona's 
Mount Graham, the chairman 
of the astronomy department 
resigned. Gee raised academic 
standards at the school, which 
has 55,000 students, and 
began an $850 million fund- 
raising campaign. Long known 
as a football powerhouse, 
Ohio State was soon gaining 
commensurate respect for its 
academic programs. 

Gee accepted the job at 
Brown after turning down 
offers to run the state univer- 

14 • S E I> T E M B L R / O C T O B E B 19 9 7 

sity systems in Calitornia, 
New York, and North Caro- 
lina. AH were drawn to an 
educator known for combin- 
ing an impressive mind, com- 
pulsive work habits, political 
savvy, and a warmth he's 
extended to students, taculrs', 
staft, reporters, and even pub- 
lic adversaries. "This guy's 
wit and tongue are so quick," 
wrote one columnist in the 
Dtiytoii Dciily Ncn's last year, 
"he could moonlight as a 

Adversity, however, has 
also sought out Gordon Gee, 
most tragically in December 
1991, when his first wife, 
Elizabeth, died of breast cancer 
at the age of forty-six. (Their 
daughter, Rebekah, is a grad- 
uate student at Columbia.) 
Three years later he married 
Constance Bumgarner, who 
most recently has been an 
Ohio State assistant professor 
of art and education and the 
director of the university's 
arts pohcy and administration 
program. At Brown she will 
be an assistant professor of 
pubhc policy and education. 

The Gees should be fun 
to watch. At Ohio State, Gee 
dropped in regtilarly at stu- 
dent slumber parties, campus 
bars, tailgate parties, and cafe- 
teria meals. He once put on a 
Velcro suit and flung himself 
against a Velcro wall to pro- 
mote health and fitness. Last 
faU he showed up for a foot- 
ball game wearing a cowboy 
hat, an argyle sweater, and 
(of course) a bow tie while 
riding a horse named Brandy. 
All of these antics, say long- 
time Gee observers, mask a 
steely determination and an 
uncanny ability to get people 
to excel. "Dr. Gee has the 
unique abihry to get other 
people around him to do 
things they didn't before him 
think were possible, " one 
Ohio State trustee told the 
Cleveland Plain Dealer. Another 
trustee added, "He could 


"The Final Inning," a short story by graduate student and BAM 
summer intern Thomas Glave, will appear in this year's 0. 
Henry Award anthology, along with works by John Barth, 
Andre Dubus, Carol Shields, and others.. ..Astudy co-authored 
by researchers from Brown's Center for Gerontology and Health 
Care Research concluded that recent federal regulation of the 
nursing-home industry has reduced the hospitalizations of 
frail residents by 28 percent without increasing their death rate, 
demonstrating that at least some federal regulation may be a 
good thing. . . . Despite a touch of post-campaign donor fatigue, 
the Brown Annual Fund rallied at the eleventh hour to exceed 
its goal, topping out at $9.9 million. . . . Brown's Women Writers 
Project has landed a $190,000 National Endowment for the 
Humanities grant to beef up its computer database of English- 
language books written by women before 1830.... The Uni- 
versity IS producing a new video for students living off campus; 
it emphasizes neighborliness and courtesy 

walk up to us right now and 
tlgure out what he can say to 
you and me to connect." 
Although it's too early to 
be certain what he will focus 
on at Brov/n, he has hinted 
that he would like create a 
more even balance between 
undergraduate and graduate 

Writing in Ohio State 
Almnni Magazine this summer, 
Dan L. Heinlen, the president 
and CEO of the Ohio State 
Alumni Association, offered 
what is perhaps the most use- 
ful advice so far for Gee- 
watchers at Brown: listen for 
his use of the word "none- 
theless." "For Gordon," Hein- 
len observed, " 'nonetheless' is 
as characteristic of his speech 
as bow ties are of his dress. 
It is his signal to pay attention. 
When Gordon says 'nonethe- 
less,' you know something is 
coming - the punch hne, 
the point, the purpose. And 
that pretty much sums up the 
man and his presidency at 
Ohio State - you always knew 
something was coming." 
- Ncrniaii Honcher 

Hot Seat 

W^iat a chair can tell yon 

AT Fll?ST people thought 
Jessica Beckett-McWalter 
'98 was joking. Why on earth 
was this student asking so 
many questions about Brown 
chairs — not the academic 
kind but the ones you actu- 
ally sit on? 

But Beckett-McWalter 
wasn't joking. The American 
civilization and education 
concentrator was looking at 
the Brown chairs - there have 
been four - as cultural arti- 
facts. For her Undergraduate 
Teaching and Research 
Assistantship, the Brooklyn 
native spent the summer 
helping Associate Professor 
Susan Smulyan prepare the 
Introduction to American Civ- 
ilization course she's teaching 
this fall. 

"I must admit," Beckett- 
McWalter says, "when I began 
my research I was a little bit 
skeptical about the validity of 
this type of research." Instead 
of consulting library books. 

she interviewed the Brown 
Bookstore buyer in charge of 
the chairs. She talked to their 
manufacturer and wandered 
the campus in search ot 
them. She even analyzed old 
alumni association ads in the 
BAM. Beckett-McWalter 
became so absorbed in the 
project that Smulyan asked her 
to deliver the course lecture 
on the Brown chairs herself 
this semester. 

The story of the Brown 
chairs began in 1954. "Brown 
wanted a chair because all the 
prestigious schools had one," 
Beckett-McWalter explains. 
"But the University wanted 
one that was unique," one that 
would represent the Rhode 
Island of 1764, the year Brown 
was founded. Although Brown 
at first decided upon a Wind- 
sor chair, a popular and sturdy 

Jessica Beckett-McWalter '98 

model that had been mass- 
produced in colonial Newport, 
a manufacturer suggested a 
captain's chair would be simi- 
lar yet more comfortable. In 
the interest of comfort, the 
University also came up with 
a rocking chair, and the first 
Brown chairs were born. 

In 1978 Brown offered a 
third alternative, the Hitch- 
cock chair, with a rush seat and 



a straight back. On the back 
was a reproduction of an 1854 
painting of the Green, the 
first ever published. When sales 
of this more-expensive model 
sagged, however, it was re- 
placed a few years ago by the 
Liberty chair, which more 
closely resembles chairs sold 
by other Ivy League schools. 

"Objects," says Susan 
Smulyan, "are how we see our- 
selves." If objects are us, what 
do the Brown chairs reveal 
about Brown values? The 
chairs are homey but not too 
homey, comfortable but not 
too comfortable, as betits a 
school founded on Puritan 
values. They are seats of self- 
improvement, offering "sturdy 
comfort," "dignity," "beauty," 
and "simplicity," in the words 
of the advertisements for the 
chairs that have been published 
through the decades. They 
are colonial and elegant, yet 
assertively American. 

By 1764, the Windsor 
chair was cheap enough to be 
widely purchased and there- 
fore democratic. Today, on the 
other hand, a Brown chair 
costs $249.99. One lesson of 
history is that some things do 
change. — Nontiaii Boucher 

One Man's 
Continuing Ed. 

A new vice president for 

plans for you. Just after 
Commencement, he left his 
job as director of alumni rela- 
tions at Carnegie Mellon 
University to become 
Brown's first-ever Vice Presi- 
dent for Alumni Relations. 

Calvert has been helping 
universities connect with their 
graduates since 1976, when 
a chance meeting landed him 
at the helm of Dartmouth's 
continunig education program. 

Steven Calvert 

Fresh out of Rutgers' graduate 
school, Calvert was finishing 
his Ph.D. dissertation on 
Henry James while working 
as an adjunct lecturer at Dart- 
mouth. There, the late Jim 
Esperson, a Shakespeare scholar 
in the English department, 
offered him a tuU-timejob as 
director of alumni education. 
"What's that?" Calvert asked 

Twenty years later Calvert 
is still trying to answer the 
question to his own satisfac- 
tion. His peers, on the other 
hand, think he answered it 
long ago. His work at Dart- 
mouth netted him two awards 
from the Council for the 
Advancement and Support of 
Education and made him a 
finalist for a Kellogg National 
Fellowship. He was also in 
demand to lecture to alumni 
professionals around the coun- 
try. "Measuring the success of 
alumni programs is unique," 
he says. "There's a great temp- 
tation to compare your school 
to other schools, but you 
reach a point where you just 
have to be who you are." 

In his new office on the 
second floor of the Maddock 
Alumni Center, Calvert is 
emerging quickly from his get- 
to-know-you stage by plan- 
ning a new joint project with 
the C^ftlce of Career Plan- 
iiinu; Services. He wants to 

put the University's 
database of alumni 
volunteers — the largest 
of its kind in the 
country, he says - to 
work. If he's successfU, 
alumni will be able to 
submit brief synopses 
of their careers and 
day-to-day responsibil- 
ities, which will then 
be available to inter- 
ested students and 
alumni. "People won't 
get a name and a 
phone number," he 
says. "If someone wants to 
know what life is like for a 
chemical engineer in mid- 
career, they can look it up 
with a keyword search - and 
never bother anyone." 

Calvert is happy with the 
current strength of such offer- 
ings as Reunion Weekend 
and the Broii'ii Ahiniiii Maga- 
zine (which he now super- 
vises), and has no plans to 
change what is already work- 
ing. Instead, he wiU focus on 
creating new programs and 
products to better connect 
the University with its alumni. 
"I've been looking at Brown 
for good examples for twenty 
years," he says. "I want to 
create the capability to be the 
best ten years from now." 
- Chad Gaits 

A Piece of the 

Is tlicre life 011 Mars? 

of a space rock known 
as ALH 84001 arrived on 
campus in 1993, Brown re- 
searchers had no idea it would 
become one of the biggest 
science stories of the decade. 
Research Associate Takahiro 
Hiroi had asked NASA for 
the specimen, thinking it was 
a simple meteorite. But about 
a year after he received it. 

scientists discovered that ALH 
84001 was actually of martian 
origin — and the discoveries 
didn't stop there. In August 
1996, NASA scientist David 
McKay shook the scientific 
world when he revealed in 
Science that the meteorite con- 
tained fossilized evidence of 
life on Mars. 

About a year before Mc- 
Kay's study was completed. 
Assistant Professor of Geo- 
logical Sciences Jack Mustard 
'90 Ph.D. teamed with Hiroi, 
professor Carle Pieters, and 
Janice Bishop '94 Ph.D. 
to work on the sample. The 
collaboration was a natural. 

Jack Mustard 

with a vial of 


Martian rock, which is seen at 

actual size (inset). 

Hiroi, Mustard says, "specializes 
in meteorites and asteroids, 
and I have a long-standing 
interest in Mars." 

Mustard wanted to study 
the rock's reflected light 

16 ♦ SEP r i; M B E R ' ( ) t: T ( ) 1) e r 1997 

Under THE Elms 

signature to search for trace 
amounts of minerals, especially 
carbonate. "We've never seen 
carbonate on the surface of 
Mars," he says, "but every 
model says it should be there." 
The mineral would later prove 
crucial to McKay's hypothesis. 
Finding the carbonate was 
no easy task, especially since 
Brown's sample - "a chip 
about the size of the nail on 
your httle finger," Mustard 
says - contained only minus- 
cule traces of it. He ran the 
sample through a spectro- 
meter, a device for identifying 
minerals by measuring their 
reflected light signature. 

When ineasuring 
»«!"-r the chip produced lit- 

^ tie interesting data, 
^7:7 Mustard had it ground 
_• '. into a tine powder. 

The resulting increase 
m the sample's surface 
area produced what he 
was looking for. "It 
definitely contains a 
certain amount of car- 
bonate," he says. "And 
where we did find it," 
he adds, eying a vial of 
Martian dust, "there 
were other signs con- 
sistent with the pres- 
ence ot organic com- 

Though his origi- 
nal research goal was 
to help focus future 
Mars missions and 
fine-tune designs for 
devices. Mustard now 
finds himself with a 
pile of unpublished 
data that could change the 
way we think about life 
beyond Earth. Scientists have 
long known the ingredients 
necessary for hfe: liquid 
water, carbon, and some form 
of energy. Perhaps Mustard's 
piece of the rock will begin 
to answer the crucial ques- 
tion whether living matter 
exists on other planets. 
— Chad Giihs 

leave Providence by 
mid-September, but the cm-'s 
school board has ensured 
that his name will live on ^^= 

among Brown's Fo.x Point neighbors. 

In August the board voted to rename the 
Fox Point Elementary School theVartan 
Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point 
to honor of the outgoing Brown presi- 
dent's service to public education. To Gre- 
gorian, whose reforms have included invit- 
ing schoolteachers to join each year's 
Commencement procession, the renaming 
was a dream come true. 

The move was the idea ot Mayor Vin- 
cent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr., a long-time 
sparring parmer of Gregorian 's over Brown's 
tax-exempt status. Lately, however, the 
relationship between the two men has been 
more fraternal. At Commencement this 
year, Gregorian announced he would create 
the Vincent A. Cianci Jr. Urban Scholar- 
ship to support the work ot a Brown stu- 
dent aimed at improving life in the city. 

Last June, the president beamed as he 
was mobbed by children during a visit to 
"his" new school (see photo, ahove). He reacted 
more soberly, though, when he learned 
fi-om Principal Mary Brennan that a lack 
of space meant that Fox Point's art and 

Name Fame 

President Gregorian help, 
a ncighborliood school 

music teachers were forced 
to move from classroom 
to classroom while pushing 
their supplies in shopping 
=^^ carts. 

When Gregorian asked how he could 
help, Brennan replied that a wish of hers 
had been to acquire and renovate an aban- 
doned city bathhouse adjacent to the school. 
The problem: ciry officials weren't interested. 
Gregorian asked for a phone, tracked down 
Cianci at a San Diego convention, and 
pledged his help in raising money for the 
project. In August, after Gregorian and 
Cianci toured the bathhouse together, city 
officials got busy studying the feasibility of 
converting the brick building into an arts 
and science center for the elementary school. 

Brennan is thankful for Gregorian "s 
intervention. "We are just so delighted that 
he took the time, or made the time, to 
help us," she says. "If the facility ever gets 
built, we would like to name it theVartan 
Gregorian Arts and Science Center." 

Gregorian, meanwhile, promises that his 
involvement won't end when he returns 
permanently to New York City this fall to 
head the Carnegie Corporation. "I will 
do whatever I can to help the children of 
Fox Point," he says, "no matter where I am." 
— Richard P. Moriti 




The Other Side 
of the Ball 

Want to understand the football 
team 's chances this year? Think 


I ake a cursory glance at the year 
^L ahead for Brown football, and the 
signposts point in two directions. It could 
be a banner season featuring veteran 
Bears hungry for the elusive Ivy title. Or 
it could be yet another year of scrambling 
to find a way out of the dense, unfath- 
omable middle of the Ivy pack. 

Brown finished third last fall after a 
heartbreaking final-drive loss to Dart- 
mouth that ended its blue-sky bid tor a 
share of the Ivy crown. And this year's 
squad will have to line up without Jason 
McCuUough (Brown's all-time leading 
passer), Marquis Jessie (Brown's all-time 
leading rusher), and first-team All- 
Anierican tight end Paul Choquette - aU 
lost to graduation. 

Beyond the absence of these high- 
profile players, however, head coach Mark 
Whipple '79 sees light at the end of the 
football tunnel. "The thing I'm real 
happy about this year," he says, "is that 
everyone's asking what the team will be 
like rather than [asking] about individ- 
uals." And the team, he continues, stacks 
up well against last year's. "We're a little 
faster than we've been," Whipple ex- 
plains. "We're a little bigger, we're a little 
stronger — and we're a little more mature." 
Whipple points out that fourteen starting 
players are returning, evenly split between 
offense and defense. 

On offense are All-American wide 
receiver Sean Morey '99, versatile pass- 
catching fullback Mike Wall '99, and 
Herculean offensive tackle Dan Mc- 
Clutchy '98, who was a second-team All- 
Ivy pick in 1996. Returning on defense 
are safety Rocky Parson '98, Academic 
All-American lineman Matt Simmons 
'98, and middle linebacker Joe Karcuts- 
kie '98, who was given an honorable 
mention for last season's All-American 


team and who was second-team All-Ivy. 

In these quarterback-conscious times, 
it's not often that a defensive player is the 
undisputed focus of a football team, but 
coaches and players seem to agree that 
co-captam Karcutskie is the pillar holding 
up this year's Brown edifice. A bit smaD 
tor a linebacker at five feet eleven inches 
and 200 pounds, Karcutskie is "quick as a 
cat," according to defensive coordinator 
Don Brown. Last season he showed a 
cat's pouncing instincts by racking up a 
school-record 137 tackles, a record previ- 
ously held by John Woodrmg "81, who, 
after graduating, played for the New 
York Jets. "I've coached defense at three 
Ivy schools," says Brown, "and Joe is one 
of the best - perhaps the best - I've ever 
had. From the middle linebacker spot he 
dominates the game from sideline to side- 
line, and when times get tough he brings 
the rest of the defense with him." 

For example, during last season's Dart- 
mouth game Karcutskie responded to a 
tough goal-line push with two touch- 
down-saving tackles (the second with 
another linebacker). "On defense," Kar- 
cutskie says when asked about the pLiys. 
"you're there for each other in that kind 
of situation, because if one guy screws up 
and they score, it makes everyone else's 
job harder." 

This good-soldier mentalitv comes, in 

"Tackle by Kar-cut-skie!" 
was the announcer's cry all 
last fall, when the junior 
linebacker set a Brown 
season record for tackles. 

part, from Karcutskie's 
dad, who before retiring 
was an Army project engi- 
neer and who signed his 
son up for Pop Warner 
football at the tender age 
of five. The normal start- 
ing age is eight, but, 
according to Karcutskie, "I 
had three older brothers, 
and my dad and I agreed 
that I didn't want to be 
watching when I could be 
out there playing." 
His workaday modesty may have been 
cultured in his rural Pennsylvania home- 
town. West Wyoming is a lunch-bucket 
kind of place within easy reach of Scran- 
ton, where the biggest employer is a 
sheet-metal manufacturer and the entire 
population seems addicted to high school 
football. When he played there, Karcutskie 
remembers, "it was always easy to get 
motivated, because I was lining up next to 
kids I had grown up with. The people in 
the stands knew me, and they would stop 
me on the street to talk the day after a 

In high school Karcutskie logged time 
on offense as a wide receiver, a fuUback, 
and a tight end; when the other team had 
the ball, he was a defensive back or a 
defensive end. Remarkably, his first game 
as a linebacker didn't come until his first 
year at Brown. This tour of duty on the 
other side of the ball gave Karcutskie a 
feel for the differences between the 
mind-sets of a running back and the guy 
who tries to haul him down. "On offense 
you think more schematically," he says. "If 
I'm pl.iying offense, I'm thinking about 
blocking a guv. I'm looking at him before 
the snap, thinking ahead. On defense, I go 
after the ball. It's instinct." 

Brown's other co-captain, Dan Mc- 
Clutchy, insists that, despite Karcutskie's 
habit of downplaying tlie cerebral side of 

8 ♦ S 1: 1' 1 V. M K E R / O ( : I ( ) H I- R 19 9 7 

his ability to swing the Brown defense 
into rapid response, "he has an amazing 
sense of what's happening out there. I 
have to block him every day in practice. 
He knows that it the linemen do certain 
things, the ball is going to go a certain 
way." Middle hnebacker is the core of the 
defense, according to McClutchy. "The 
center is where the action is. Joe has both 
run and pass responsibility, and not only 
does he bring it to a new level, he does it 
on every single play." 

Don Brown agrees that Karcutskie's 
strength ultimately hinges on the simple 
fact that he never eases up. "He's a sixty- 
minute-type guy," Brown says. "Somehow 
he's always so collected and poised during 
a game that it rubs off on everybody else. 
We're going to be tough this year, and let 
me tell you a big reason for that. The best 
of Joe K. is yet to come." 

A Look Ahead 

How does the year ahead shape up 
for other teams? Here are some early 

Women's Soccer 

Coach Phil Pincince's Brown teams had 
never finished lower than the Ivy top 
three before 1996's seventh-place hnish. 
This year, the tourth-winningest coach in 
NCAA Division 1 history has a bonanza 
with no fewer than ten of his starters 
returning. Look for an Ivy title: Brown's 

Men's Soccer 

Last season, the bottom should have fallen 
out of this sport, when, after a stellar 1995 
campaign, the team fielded eight fresh- 
man starters at various times. Instead the 
Bears went 8-5-4. Now the squad is loaded 
with talented and experienced sopho- 
mores, such as top scorer Josh Anderson. 
Look for a trip back to the NCAAs, not 
only in the 1997 season but m the years 
to follow. 

Field Hockey 

Although they're coming off an essen- 
tially mediocre cainpaign, the raw fire- 
power of this team should make them 
contenders for Ivy honors. Last year, the 
team very quiedy broke three school 
records: most goals in a game (eight), most 
players with at least one goal in a game 
(seven), and most goals in a season (thirty- 


An easy call. According to co-captain 
Leyla Goldsmith '98, a dominating mid- 
dle blocker for this Ivy League champi- 
onship team, "Since we have all our 
starters returning, and since we've worked 
really hard this summer, I don't think any- 
one can beat us." 

Women's Basketball 

Stability is the key here. This team fin- 
ished second in the Ivies last year and lost 
none of its five starters and ten letter- 
winners to graduation. Junior shooting 
guard Vita Redding, who ranked fifth in 
the nation and first in the Ivy League in 
scoring, should pave the way to the Ivy 

anchored by stalwarts Jeff Nord '99, who 
last year was a second-team All-Ivy in the 
long jump, and Trinity Gray, whose name 
sounds like a thoroughbred's and who 
gallops like one, too. Gray was named an 
AU-American last year as a freshman in 
the 800-meter run. Still, the team faces 
tough competition. 

Women's Ice Hockey 

Coming oft a storied 2S-2— i season, this 
team has nowhere to go but down, having 
waved good-bye to defensive star Tara 
Mounsey '00, who will play for the LJ.S. 
Olympic team, and having graduated its 
all-time leading scorer, Katie King, and its 
fourth all-time leading scorer, Danielle 

Guard Vita Redding '99 (above) soars over 
Harvard on her way to the Ivy scoring record 
last winter. Ivy Player of the Year Trishna 
Patel '98 (right) will lead women's tennis to 
new heights. 

Men's Basketball 

A grueling schedule and an inexperi- 
enced team added up to last year's 4-22 
debacle. Three returnees on the front line 
will work with dynamic guard Aaron 
Butler '99 to launch the Bears at least into 
the middle of the Ivy pack. 

Men's Track 

This squad, which competes indoors 111 
the winter and outside in the spring, is 

Women's Tennis 

It would be hard to overstate the potential 
ot these women. The team's top six play- 
ers are returning after a season in which 
they won the Ivy title, finished second in 
the East, and reached the NCAAs and 
national ranking for the first time ever. 



Led by Trishiia Patel '98, the Intercolle- 
giate Tennis Association Player to Watch, 
the Bears should make it into the NCAA 
East Regional final round after grabbing 
their second straight Ivy crown. 

Men's Baseball 

Unlike women's tennis, this sport has 
nowhere to go but up, having suffered 
through a 1997 season that, with a record 
thirty-seven losses, could have made even 
fans of the Chicago Cubs weep. The 
hardball Bears lost only one player to 
graduation and have a solid nucleus ot 
returning starters, all of whom were fresh- 
men and sophomores last year. They 
should be leaner, meaner, and hungrier. 

Women's Softball 

The team will have to shake off the grad- 
uation of its star pitcher (two-sport star 
Katie King) as well as sluggers Shana 
Advani,Jess Hatfield, and Becky Kellar. It 
ain't gonna be easy, as Leo Durocher used 
to say; 1998 will be a wait-till-next-year 
season for this Bear team, which racked 
up a 10-2 Ivy record last season while 
snagging the Ivy pennant, cw 



A Look Back: Final Spring Results 

5-37 Softball 

Despite freshman batting and base- 
stealing sensation Jeff Lawler, it was 
a long, lopsided season. 

Men's Crew 


A second-place finish at the IRA 
championships capped off a close- 
but-no-cigar year. 

Women's Crew 5-1 

Like the men's shell, the women's 
only regular-season loss was to 
powerful Princeton. 

Men's Lacrosse 


Stellar wins over Syracuse and Duke 
while playing one of the nation's 
toughest schedules provided an 
NCAA berth. 


Women's Lacrosse 


Finished the season with a seven- 
game winning streak, including a 
2Z-4 drubbing of New Hampshire. 

A fourth Ivy title, thanks to the 

golden arm and great bat of pitcher 
Katie King '97. 

Men's Tennis 6-12 

The presence of only one senior, 

Marcos RoUan, gave the Bears 
little leverage against strong Iv>' 

Women's Tennis 


Wow. An Ivy crown, the NCAA East 
Regional semifinals, and seventeen 
straight spring wins. 

Men's Outdoor Track 


The 4 X 400 relay squad notched the 
second-fastest time in Brown history 
at the Penn Relays. 

Women's Outdoor Track 4-0 

Pentathlon ace FlorTrespalacios '97 

was one of many bright spots. 

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The Transfer 

Chelsea Clinton chose 
Stanford over Brown. 
A senior who has studied 
at both schools says she 
may yet change her mind. 


I % elieved to stretch my legs, I 
JL ^ drop my bag at the curb 
and inhale the humid Providence air. 
The train ride from Baltimore to Brown 
- a blur of indistinguishable towns and 
overgrazed fields — is finally over. Though 
I'm not a freshman, I certainly feel like 
one. The skyline, the people, and the 
smells are unfamiliar. As the taxi eases 
through Kennedy Plaza, I peer through 
the fingerprinted glass at my new home. 

That was two years ago. I spent my 
first year of college navigating the earth- 
quake-worn campus of Stanford Univer- 
sity. After growing up in a Maryland 
town, I lett tor the West Coast having 
never seen the Pacific Ocean or Palo 
Alto's chaparral-covered hills. I felt a bit 
like Lewis and Clark - I wanted to 
explore, to begin the next phase of my life 
in unfamiliar surroundings. The novelty 
of my grand adventure, however, began to 
wear otl soon after I arrived. Like pieces 
from different puzzles, Stanford and I just 
didn't fit. 

Part of the problem was the size of the 
place: it felt more like a ciKy than a com- 
munity of learners. My organic chemistry 
class was so large that the students were 
divided between two lecture halls. The 
lucky ones enjoyed the professor's live pre- 
sentation. The rest of us watched his image 
dance across a large projection screen. Was 
this what the admission brochure had 
meant by faculty-student interaction? 

Then there was the time I rushed 
to the library, intending to get a head 
start on a philosophy presentation about 
Sigmund Freud. I found all the books I 
needed in the enormous card catalog, but 
when I went to the shelf a pale blue plac- 
ard announced that the books had been 

moved to 
a storage ware- 
house oft campus. The warehouse, 
unfortunately, was open only during my 
class periods. 

Not that Stanford was all bad. There 
were afternoons when, at the end of an 
exhausting training ride on my bicycle, 
I would crest a section of the coastal 
mountains and gaze out at the golden 
Pacific, where gulls scanned the shoreline 
for moUusks and fishermen headed out to 
sea to begin the nightly harvest. There 
were moments when I talked about the 
future with friends over honey-drenched 
bread and lukewarm tea. But despite such 
times. I wanted a different academic ex- 
perience, one in which I could speak 
openly with professors and creep out 
from the shadow of graduate students. 

So I transferred to Brown. Treated 
partly as a freshman, partly as a seasoned 
college veteran, I spent the first few weeks 
feeling schizophrenic and isolated in my 
fraternity-house room. Maybe I'd made 
a bad decision. But once I settled into 
classes, my uneasiness began to subside. 
Suddenly 1 had teachers who took great 
interest in what I was learning. My first 
biology class — on the diversity of mam- 
mals - had only eleven students, and 
the enthusiastic young professor quickly 
learned our names. As we bent over cold 
metal dissection tables in the anatomy 
lab, she glided from student to student 

with her infectious warmth and curiosity. 
Without a projection screen to rob the 
course ot immediacy, I fell in love with 

In time I found my niche. I met other 
students who enjoyed riding bikes, and 
together we reestablished the cycling 
club, spending afternoons roaming north 
of Providence through Scituate, Woon- 
socket, and Smithfield. Closer to campus, 
I captured images of the Providence land- 
scape for a photography course at RISD, 
with miles of local sidewalk passing under 
my feet. I became a resource coordinator 
at the Swearer Center for Public Service, 
where I developed a better understanding 
of the communities I'd been photograph- 
ing. No longer a strange cityscape viewed 
through a taxicab window. Providence 
came alive. 

I no longer have doubts about trans- 
ferring. I still miss my Stanford friends 
and the rugged Cahfornia landscape, and 
I vividly remember how difficult it was to 
rebuild my life in Providence. But I also 
remember the feeling of hope as the taxi 
drove up College Hill and stopped at the 
Green. Beginning again — lalnda rasa — was 
the right thing to do. c^ 

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Of Time and the River 

Rising Tide: The Grcal Mississippi Flood oj 
igzj and How It Changed America, by John 
M. Barry '68 (Simon & Schuster. s~A 

pages, S-7- 50). 

By Chad Galts 


I he Mississippi River has been a 
^ favorite muse for American novel- 
ists ever since Mark Tv^^ain sent Huck 
floating downstream with Jim. In Absalom, 
Absalom! ^iWvMn Faulkner wrote that the 
Mississippi "runs not only through the 
physical land ot which it is the geologi- 
cal umbilical, [and] through the spiritual 
lives of the beings within its scope, but 
is very Environment itselt which laughs 
at degrees of latitude and temperature." 
But can a work of historical nonfiction, 
in which rivers are rarely observed to 
"laugh," deliver an equally compelling 
vision of America? The answer, we dis- 
cover in John Barry's mesmerizing book, 
is yes. 

What allows Rising Tide to rise above 
the sum of its historical, hydrological, and 
sociological data is the author's skill as 
a storyteller. Barry's deft pacing and detail 
inake compelling the bureaucratic deci- 
sions that have affected the Mississippi 
River over the past 100 years. He is able 
to turn even such dull material as river- 
flow dynamics into interesting narrative. 
The Mississippi, he writes, "moves south 
in layers and whorls, like an uncoiling 
rope made up of a multitude of discrete 
fibers, each one following an independent 
and unpredictable path, each one sepa- 
rately and together capable of snapping 
like a whip." 

Rising Tide tells the story of the great- 
est flood in American history. In June 
of 1927, after months ot record-breaking 
rain across the entire country, thirty feet 
of water covered an area of the South 
"roughly equal to Massachusetts, Con- 
necticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont 
combined," Barry writes. There are no 
official figures for the death and destruc- 
tion wreaked along the upper Mississippi 
valley and its tributaries, and there are 
great disparities among the reports from 


farther south. But as 
many as l ,000 people 
were killed, and one 
million — a little less 
than 8 percent of the 
country's total popula- 
tion at the time — were 
left homeless. Dollar 
estimates ot the total 
damage ranged from 
$246 million to $1 bil- 
lion - between %2 billion and 
in today's dollars. 

The flood was not an equal-opportunity 
catastrophe. Barry reminds us that in the 
United States, economic disaster almost 
always makes distinctions based on race. 
In Greenville, Mississippi, blacks and 
whites worked side by side to shore up 
sagging levees during the early stages of 
the flood. But as the waters rose higher, 
so did racial tensions. When food grew 
scarce, the local chapter of the Red Cross, 
under the direction of William Percy — 
son of former U.S. Senator Leroy Percy 


.4 billion 

and a member of one 
of the South's most 
powerful family dynas- 
ties - initiated dicrim- 
matory policies for the 
distribution of relief to 
flood victims. Percy also 
instructed the National 
Guard to begin round- 
ing up black share- 
croppers from the Mis- 
sissippi Delta at gunpoint to rebuild the 
levees around Greenville as subsequent 
flood crests bore down on the city. 
Though the blacks' crops were under 
thirty feet of water, their livestock was 
gone, their homes were washed away, and 
many of their wives and children were 
drowned, Percy and his fellow landowners 
wanted to protect what httle property they 
had left and ensure that when the waters 
receded, there would be a labor force to 
till the Delta's rich soil. Refugee camps 
became concentration camps; blacks were 
forbidden to leave. 

John Barry grew up in Providence, but "for some 
reason," he says, "the Mississippi always attracted 
me." The river pulled Barry all the way to New 
Orleans, where in 1977 he learned of the fiftieth 
anniversar/ of the great flood while writing a sports 
column for a local newspaper. He began looking into 
the flood and sensed that the story was more com- 
plicated than previous historians had thought. When 

he began working on 

ABOUT JOHN BARRY Rismg Tide, Barry at first had a difficult time find- 
ing anything new. Just as he was getting ready to 
return his advance to the publisher, he paid a visit to the New Orleans Mardi Gras 
Museum and came across a collection of papers belonging to Harry B. Kaplan, 
James Pierce Butler's confidential secretary. The papers were a gold mine of 
unrecorded history - they contained detailed minutes of every meeting attended 
by Butler during the flood. Though Rising Tide has been a critical triumph across 
the country, the book has not been warmly received by Butler's survivors, nor by 
those of Will Percy, uncle of novelist Walker Percy Barry is unfazed: "I like to think 
I'm pursuing and writing the truth," he says. "If you find it, you have an obligation 
to write it." Barry's previous books include The Ambition and the Power (1989), a 
study of James C. Wright Jr.'s years as Speaker of the House, and The Transformed 
Cell: Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer (1992), coauthored with Steven A. 
Rosenberg, which has been translated into twelve languages. - CC. 


Farther south, things were not much 
better. New Orleans, Barry writes, "per- 
haps more than any other city in Amer- 
ica, was run by a cabal of insiders." Its 
leader. James Pierce Butler, was president 
of the Canal Bank and wielded more 
political and economic power than any- 
one else in the ciry. The flood threatened 
everything Butler and his rich white 
friends owned, but they hatched a scheme 
to ensure the security of their assets. 
They would dynamite a levee on the 
opposite side ot the river, and the Missis- 
sippi would gush millions of gallons of 
water over Plaquemine and St. Bernard 
parishes (where bootlegging and gam- 
bling were the main industries). The afflu- 
ent sections of New Orleans would 
remain unscathed. 

Barry is at his best describing the 
backroom deals that led to the decision 
to flood the homes of 10,000 people in 
Plaquemine and St. Bernard. There was 
virtually no public debate on the matter, 
and since every newspaper in New Or- 
leans was controlled by a member ot the 
city's elite, the only details on record are 
from the deUberately misleading informa- 
tion circulated by Butler. In New Orleans 
on April 15, 1927, Barry writes, "those who 
did belong to the inner sanctum gathered 
at the Hibernia Bank. Smoke fiUed the 
room. The windows were opaque with 
condensation, isolating them from the 
world outside." The scene is palpable; 
Barry's words nudge us into place beside 
Butler and his cigar-smoking cronies. 

The author had to do some old- 
fashioned sleuthing to get his story. 
Though source notations don't clutter the 
pages of the book itself, in the back we 
find Barry's cryptic notes: "p. 236: Inter- 
view with [Sheriff L.A.] Merau.x em- 
ployee who required anonymity, February 
II, 1993." That a seventy-year-old deci- 
sion would engender this kind of secrecy 
is surprising - until Barry reveals that 
dynamiting the levee had proved to be 
unnecessary after all, and that Butler's 
promise of compensation for the people 
whose lives he helped destroy was an 
empty one. 

This dramatically rendered tale of 
America's spiritual and geological "umbil- 
ical" rings so true as to seem definitive. 
Echoes of the political corruption and 
racial and economic inequalities Barry 
describes survive in much of the South 
today, as do those other, finer (though 
somewhat rarer) moments of cooperation 
and compassion. Rising Tide delivers a 
vision of America that is complete, com- 
plicated, and timeless. 

No Escape 

Bitter Lake, by Ann Harleman '88 A.M. 
(Southern Methodist University Press, 
264 pages, cloth S22.50, paper S12.95). 

By Jennifer Sutton 


I hirty-four-year-old Judith Hutchins 
JL has lost control of her life. She's 
been fired from her job at the Valley View 
Seniors Home in central Pennsylvania; 
the family checking account is just about 
empty; and her husband has disappeared, 
leaving her alone with two daughters. 
Already an apprehensive woman afraid 
of bridges, driving, and emotional con- 
frontation, she now seems on the verge of 
quietly falling apart. 

Yet Judith is solid, almost by default. 
When lite gets to be too much tor Gort, 
her ethereal husband, he leaves home tor 
a week or two of solitude and camping in 
the hills of Pennsylvania. This happens 
regularly, and everyone - Judith, the girls, 
Gort's boss - accepts it. As a result, Judith 
has learned over the years "how to be 
steady, how to be the one who waited." 
But when Gort does not come home 
from his most recent escape after two 
weeks, or five weeks, or eight weeks, 
Judith must summon more than steadi- 
ness. She and her daughters are about to 
see their lives change forever. 

In Bitter Lake, her first novel, Ann 
Harleman, a lecturer in American civiliza- 
tion at Brown, explores the resilience of 
families — how they break and how they 
are mended. Her writing is passionate and 
unhurried, full of earthy dialogue and 
images so vivid the reader may suspect 
the story is autobiographical. Bitter Lake - 
the story takes its title from one of Gort's 
campsites - will remind experienced par- 
ents how painful it can be to raise chil- 
dren and warn new parents of the emo- 
tional land mines ahead. 

Harleman, whose story collection. Hap- 
piness, won the 1993 John Simmons Short 
Fiction Award, tocuses on how Judith and 
her two daughters deal with Gort's dis- 
appearance. The author pays meticulous 
attention to the growing estrangement 
between and the tormented reconciliation 
of Judith and precocious tburteen-year- 
old Lil, though eight-year-old Susie is left 
mainly to fend for herself As Judith strug- 
gles to cope, landing a job as a carpenter's 
apprentice and getting swept into an affair 
with a younger coworker, Lil shaves her 

B I 



A Novel 


Ann Harleman 


eyebrows, moves in with her eccentric 
great-aunt Clesta across town, and begins 
awkward sexual experiments with an ado- 
lescent cousin, Daniel. 

All this angst could have become 
tedious, but Harleman wisely alternates 
the voices of mother and daughter. When 
Judith's resigned anxiety and poetic mus- 
ings start to feel relentless, the author 
switches to Lil's rebelHous teenage per- 
spective. Both tend to get stuck on details, 
however. Harleman makes them such 
keen observers that the story frequently 
slows to a crawl, weighed down by trivia 
even in urgent narrative moments. When 
Judith rushes in a panic to the emergency 
room after Lil breaks her arm, tor exam- 
ple, she manages to describe her sur- 
roundings: the odor of "disinfectant sweet 
as cola syrup, the nutlike smell of vomit," 
and "a discreet summoning bell sounding 
overhead." The metaphors are interest- 
ing, but readers may find themselves 
thinking, "Enough description already - 
what happens?'' 

As Judith and Lil struggle with each 
other, Gort's spirit is everywhere, although 
he never physically appears in the story. 
Both mother and daughter adore him — 
Judith calls him "something shining — 
beautiful, cryptic, out of reach" - but he 
seems to be a man who pays more atten- 
tion to his own mysterious needs than to 
the people around him. "I'd learned not 
to try to understand my father," says Lil. 
"Not trying was the one thing 1 could 
give him that he wanted." 

Yet in the end, even that is not 
enough. For years, this charismatic man 
held his family under a spell. Using lan- 
guage that is raw yet beautiful, Harleman 
chronicles how, in the face of tragedy, 
thev must forge a bond without him. 

'.4 ♦ S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B L R I 9 9 7 

Briefly Noted 







Tlic Great Lobster War, by Ron Formi- 

sano "60 (University of Massachusetts 
Press, 150 pages, S35 cloth, $14.95 paper). 

This slender volume moves briskly 
through the modern history of coastal 
Maine and its quirkiest industry: lob- 
stering. Formisano's carefully chosen 
moments and sharp character sketches 
describe how the Maine Lobsterman's 
Association (MLA) stopped hauling lob- 
ster in 1957 for dealers who, they con- 
tended, were fixing prices. Federal prose- 

cutors charged the MLA with violating 
the Sherman Antitrust Act, an indictment, 
Formisano writes, that many saw as "an 
excessive show of punitive force against 
hardworking men of modest means." 
The trial, recorded in detail in the second 
half of the book, is full of drama and 
droll confrontations. Leslie Dyer, the head 
of the MLA, tugged thoughtfully at his 
pipe and responded to federal prosecu- 
tors' questions with sharp, folksy witti- 
cisms that are cited to this day by lobster- 
men on the Maine coast. 

Tlic Secret, by Cynthia Victor (Dutton, 290 
pages, $23.95). 

The author of this suspenseful novel is 
actually two people: Victoria Skurnick 
and Cynthia Katz '78. Not surprisingly, 
the secret referred to in the title involves 
assumed names and pseudonyms. Easy 
caricatures, transparent stereotypes, and 
a lulling blandness combine to create an 
inventive and immensely readable work 
that could just as easily be called Rei'enge 
of the Frumpy Housewife. Cynthia Victor 
knows how to spin an interesting, if 
pedestrian, yarn; it won't be long before 
she gives that paragon of mass-market fic- 
tion, Danielle Steel, a run for her money. 
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In Class 


I ■ ivc years ago, when Melinda 
JL Rabb got the itch to teach 
an upper-level course on eigh- 
teenth-century women writers, 
she thought it would be a cozy 
seminar — a dozen or so under- 
graduates clustered around a table, 
tracing a path from the romances 
and political satire of the late i6oos to the 
novels ot manners and morals popular 
after the French Revolution. What the 
associate professor of English did not ex- 
pect was that Hollywood would discover 
Jane Austen before the ink on her syDabus 
was dry. With tilm v-ersions of Sense and 
Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion hitting 
the cineplexes in the span of a single year, 
Rabb's English-lit class "By a Lady: Jane 
Austen and Her Predecessors" was sud- 
denly hot. Eight times more students 
signed up for it than Rabb expected. "It 
was just one of those happy coinci- 
dences," she says with a grin. "If ninet\' 
Brown undergraduates wanted to read 

Ladies, Lost and Found 

IVIiat were woiiicii writing before Jane Austen? 

Not what you'd expect, says 
Associate Professor of English Melinda Rabb. 


Ehzabeth Inchbald, I wasn't going to tell 
them no." 

The enduring appeal of Jane Austen, 
with her wicked intelligence, Mistering 
put-downs ("You have delighted us long 
enough"), and terminally lovesick charac- 
ters, was understandable. But tew of the 
students had ever heard of Inchbald, Eliza 
Haywood, Delarivier Manley, or Char- 
lotte Lennox. Neither had Rabb, for that 
matter, until she got to Harvard in the 
1960s. There, women writers before Austen 
were sometimes acknowledged, Rabb says, 
"but usually only to dismiss them." 

In an introduction to a book by the 
satirist Jonathan Swift, tor instance, Rabb 

remembers reading a passing ref- 
erence to Swift's "collaborating 
with a woman." Although the con- 
tribution of this woman (identi- 
tled m a footnote as Delarivier 
Manley) went virtually ignored 
by the author of the introduc- 
tion, it sparked Rabb's curiosity. 
So began a search that led to her discovery 
- often in rare book libraries — of works 
by Haywood, Aphra Behn, and others. 
By the early 1980s, Rabb says, "I was see- 
ing these women's names everywhere," 
as teminist academics recovered "lost" 
women writers and conducted the first 
serious studies of their work. Texts that 
had not been in print for centuries found 
new life in modern critical editions, mak- 
ing it possible to tell a more complete and 
rounded story of the English novel. 

Out of these developments came "By 
a Lady," which Rabb offered for the t'lrst 
time last spring."! had this space of time to 
see what kind of narrative fiction women 

26 ♦ SEPTEMBfiR/OCTOBER 19 97 

Rabb, says Amy Rosoff '97, "brought out the subtleties of these books. . . . 
She's really emotionally affected by them." 

were producing and simply to, in a way, 
celebrate and investigate the fact that they 
were producing it at all," Rabb says. One 
could feel that sense of celebration in her 
classroom, even in the last tew sessions of 
the semester. Trim and precise, with bright 
eyes and a kinky bob, Rabb on several 
occasions read aloud from the books on the 
syllabus, her clipped, theatrical delivery call- 
ing attention to the drama and humor ot 
passages that might seem dry on the page. 
"She brought out the subdeties of these 
books," says Amy Rosoff '97. "It's obvious 
that she's really emotionally affected by 
them. She genuinely finds the comedy 
funny and the irony powerful." Some- 
times after reciting a particularly high- 
flown passage, Rabb would burst into 
laughter, and the class would join in. "Part 
of what 1 do is to try to open those texts 
up," Rabb explains. "I tell my students: 
'Here's a way to read this, here are the 
kinds of questions to ask. If it's not imme- 
diately accessible to you, don't reject it. 
Instead, assume that we haven't yet 
learned to read it fully and that we haven't 
asked the right questions yet.' " 

Although the class considered re- 
cent films and incorporated some 
postmodern theory, Rabb kept the spot- 
light firmly on the novels. And no won- 
der: much of the required reading in "By 
a Lady" is shockingly good stuff - rich, 
clever, satirical, and sensual. Starting with 
the "fair triumvirate" of Behn, Manley, 
and Haywood, whose work dates from 
the 1680S to around 1720, Rabb systemat- 
ically dismantled facile assumptions about 
"what women must have been writing 
before Jane Austen." 'Where Austen circles 
obsessively around the question of the 
proper marriage, in Love Letters Between a 
Noblemiin and His Sister, Behn pokes fun 
at "the fi"ail marriage vow," "the feeble 
constancy of a wife," and "the loathed 
conjugal embrace." For her, as for Manley 
and Haywood, passion and love reign 
supreme - "especially a love that we hold 
opposite to our interest and duty," as 
Manley writes in T/je NewAtalaiilis. 

A casual reader might conclude that 

these were merely the Harlequins of their 
time - "slick, sexy, digestible," as Rosoff 
says — but Rabb shows that they were that 
and more. "In men's work, madness rep- 
resented political disarray," she explains; 
women writers replaced madness with 
promiscuity. Weaving what Rabb calls "at 
least a double narrative," Behn shows in 
Loi'e Letters that the game of seduction 
and betrayal can be as easily played with a 
lover as with a king. So scandalous was 
Manley 's indictment of the powers that be 
in Tlie Neit' Atalaittis that she was thrown 
in jail after its publication - which of 
course made it an even bigger hit. 

By the time Charlotte Lennox pub- 
lished Tlie Female Quixote in 1752, how- 
ever, a backlash against women writers had 
begun. This is where Rabb's course gives 
a new twist to old theories about the 
English novel. According to her, authors 
such as Fielding and Richardson were 
not, as IS often assumed, the originators of 
the novel; rather, they set out to "reclaim 
novels for respectability. . . to clean them 
up and inake them moral, less political, 
and less satirical." 

And clean them up they did. Mirror- 
ing society's shift from a feudal model to a 
civil one, literature increasingly con- 
cerned Itself with proper marriages, draw- 
ing-room skirmishes, and rightful heirs. 
In this prim new world, women's writing 
was viewed as a form of indecent expo- 
sure. Those who pubhshed signed their 
books with the genteel but anonymous 
tag, "By a Lady." Frances Burney actually 
attended the pubhc debut of her (un- 
signed) 1778 novel Et'elina swathed in veDs. 

Not all women writers were so 
demure. Mary Wollstonecraft mounted a 
frontal attack on the traditions that kept 
women down - including marriage, prop- 
erty laws, and the lack of education and 
jobs. Other writers, such as Elizabeth Inch- 
bald and Jane Austen, addressed social 
injustices less directly but just as persua- 
sively by letting their characters stumble - 
as people do - across the problems Woll- 
stonecraft so brashly defined. "In certain 
ways they're tough stories," Rabb says of 
Austen's novels. "You get the gratification 
of the hero and the heroine coming to- 
gether, but at the same time these charac- 

ters have to negotiate their way in a society 
that is rigidly structured on social posi- 
tion and money, a society in which the 
opportunities are rare and in which change 
is taking place at an alarming rate. There's 
no facile resolution." 

Nor is there a facile resolution to an- 
other prickly problem: Despite their sub- 
versive takes on gender and class, Austen's 
female predecessors are still routinely ex- 
cluded from courses covering the period. 
Work by a lady is still widely considered 
to be for a lady only - a perception borne 
out by the fact that three-quarters of 
Rabb's students were women. Rabb hopes 
that, over time, courses like hers will re- 
introduce these long-forgotten novels to 
the wider audience they deserve, c^ 


For further reading: 

Jane Austen, Emma (Norton); ^^ 

Matisfield Park (Norton); Ncrthanger ^^m 
Abbey (in Two Gothic Classics by Women 
[NAL/Dunon]); Persuasion (Norton); 
Pride and Prejudice (Oxford) ^ 

Aphra Behn, Loi'e Letters Between 
a Nobleman and His Sister (Penguin) 

Frances Burney, Evelina (Oxford) 

Eliza Haywood, Love in Excess 

Elizabeth Inchbald, A Simple Stor)> 

Charlotte Lennox, Tlie Female 
Quixote (Oxford) 

Delarivier Manley, Tlie New 
lantis (Penguin) 

Ann Radcliffe, Tlie Italian (in Tiro 
Gothic Classics by Women 

Mary Wollstonecraft, Maiia, or 
Tlie Wrongs of Woman (Norton) 



During tlic ig6os, activists from Brown 

traveled to Mississippi's Tougaloo College 

to help in the struggle for civil rights. 

More than thirty years later, 

the two schools are still striving to bridge 

America's racial divide. 


hen you look out of this window, 
you're looking into history," Tougaloo 
College President Joe Lee tells me as 
we sit in his office on the top floor ot 
The Mansion, as the central building ot the campus 
is known. We're gazing across acres of fields and 
woods, all that is left of the old Boddie plantation 
directly north of Jackson, Mississippi, 
acreage that today constitutes the grounds 
of the college. The building we're in was 
the "big house" of the plantation, where 
the owner and his family lived and from 
which they supervised operations. "I 
sometimes sit in here late at night with my 
back to the fire, listening to the building 
creak," Lee says, "and I wonder what the 
spirits are trying to tell me about the times 
of old." He laughs. 



President Lee is a tall, well-built man with an easy 
Southern ebullience that sets a visitor immediately at 
ease. I asked him if there is still a need tor historically 
black colleges such as Tougaloo in today's educational 
environment. "Tougaloo was founded to serve a 
neglected population - the freed slaves - and while 
society has evolved, the mission remains the same," 
he said. "There is still a portion of society that needs 
a Tougaloo - a place that's warm, friendly, where you 
don't have to fight racism or other kinds of battles. 
Our students can come here and not be so focused 
on where they came from. They can concentrate, so 
that they can get from where they are to where they 
ought to be." 

Getting black students to where they ought to be 
has long been the mission of Tougaloo College, mak- 
ing It a special place in the South. It has withstood 
the most withering attacks ot the white Mississippi 
establishment while producing 25 percent of the 
state's black doctors, law^'ers, and dentists. Its campus 
was a haven for blacks during the worst times in 
Reconstruction and [im Crow Mississippi, and it 
served as a center for education and organizing dur- 
ing the civil rights movement. Tougaloo was said in 
the first three-quarters of this century to be the only 
place in the state where blacks and whites could 
socialize and have serious conversations. 

The writer Anne Moody, in her classic autobiog- 
raphy Coming qt Age in Mississippi, describes a civil 
rights sit-in at a lunch counter staged by Tougaloo 
students and faculty: "1 was dragged about thirty feet 
toward the door by my hair when someone made 
them turn me loose. . . .We started back to the center 
of the counter. . . . Lois Chaffee, a white Tougaloo 
facultv member, was no\N- sittinij Ine.xt to another 

student]. There were now four of us, all women. The 
mob started smearing us with ketchup, mustard, 
sugar, pies, and everything on the counter. Soon [we] 
were joined by |ohn Salter, but the moment he sat 
down he was hit on the jaw by what appeared to be 
brass knuckles. Blood gushed from his face, and 
someone threw salt into the open wound. . . . We sat 
there tor three hours taking a beating." As a center of 
that sort of consciousness and bravery, Tougaloo 
posed a grave threat to the racist Mississippi estabhsh- 
ment of the time. 

ougaloo's special relationship with 
Brown dates trom the civil rights days — 
otFicially, from 1964. In the 1960s, the 
state of Mississippi tried to shut down 
the college by cutting off access to local and state 
funds and attempting to revoke the charter. The 
move further beleaguered the college at a time when 
it was already on precarious hnancial ground: In 
1961, the American Missionary Association, which 
estabhshed Tougaloo and other schools for fi-eed 
blacks in the iSoos, had declared it could no longer 
guarantee the college's solvency. Fund-raising efforts 
over the next several years were unsuccessful. Two 
Tougaloo trustees, Irving Fain, a Providence business- 
man, and Lawrence Durgm, a former pastor of Cen- 
tral Congregational Church in Providence, asked 
Brown President Barnaby Keeney for the University's 
help in improving Tougaloo's academic resources. 

At tlrst. Brown's assistance materialized largely in 
the person of Director of Development Daniel Earle 
'34, who advised the college on improving its fund- 
raisinc; strategs'. By the end of 1963, Brown and 


A mural in Tougaloo's Brown Lee gym (left) serves as a 
reminder of the college's dramatic Southern history. More 
detail about African-American history can be found in the 
Civil Rights Research Collections of the L. Zenobia Coleman 
Library (below). 

cial needs, as it did recently when it helped Tougaloo 
win a grant for computer networking. 

The basic question underlying the relationship 
remains the same: How can a large, mainstream insti- 
tution like Brown extend much-needed aid to a his- 
torically black college such as Tougaloo? It is a ques- 
tion that urgently needs to be addressed as the 
United States lurches into another century weighed 
down with the residue of its tragic encounter with 
race. How can Brown help Tougaloo survive at a 
time when the best African-American students are 
skimmed off by the most prestigious, predominantly 
white colleges and universities? Conversely, how can 
Tougaloo help the Brown community increase its 

"There is still a portion of society that needs a Tougaloo," says Joe Lee, "a place that's 
warm, friendly, where you don't have to fight racism or other kinds of battles." 

Tougaloo faculty and ad- 
ministrators had drawn 
up a proposal for Brown 
"to provide certain staff 
and educational services 
that Tougaloo initially 
will be unable to provide 
itself." This led the fol- 
lowing year to a more 
formal partnership - 
including mutual efforts 
at obtaining grants, ex- 
changes of students and 
faculty, and a fifth undergraduate year at Brown for 
Tougaloo students who needed more work. 

The relationship proved crucial in helping the 
college survive and has continuecl through today, 
shaped by the social and political changes of the past 
three decades. During that time, about 200 Tougaloo 
students have studied at Brown, while roughly 100 
Brown students have gone to Tougaloo. Over the 
same period, about sixty-five faculty members and 
administrators have participated in the exchange pro- 
gram, about two-thirds of them traveling from 
Brown to Tougaloo. Brown faculty have taught a 
variety of subjects at Tougaloo, but the majority have 
been in the sciences or pre-med. In addition. Brown 
today is less involved with actual management of 
Tougaloo's fiscal issues than it was thirty years ago 
and is more active in consulting and addressing spe- 

understanding of race 
without compromising 
Its own sense of cohe- 
sion and purpose? 

"Tougaloo was once 
the school of choice for 
blacks in Mississippi," 
notes Brown Executive 
Vice President for Fi- 
nance and Administra- 
tion Donald J. Reaves, a 
Tougaloo trustee. "Now 
many of the exceptional 
students in that area arc recruited by the Ivies and 
other big schools. This is typical of the problems fac- 
ing small black colleges today." 

Reaves and other observers in Tougaloo and 
Providence believe that Tougaloos relationship with 
Brown may provide an alternative, one that combines 
the academic rigor of an Ivy League school with the 
community and racial support only a historically 
black school can provide. It is a combination that 
may become more timely as affirmative-action pro- 
grams are weakened and the demand for black stu- 
dents at many schools declines. 

The Tougaloo community seems open to such 
help, even sees it as urgent. People on campus, from 
administrators to students, spoke again and again of 
Tougaloo's lack of connections, resources, informa- 
tion, and hardware, all of which Brown seems to pos- 


sess in abundance. When I asked President Lee how 
Brown and Tougaloo could acconiphsh more in their 
partnership, he said an already good relationship 
could be strengthened by "heightening the inten- 
tionality" ot the participants, which 1 understood to 
mean regaining some ot the intensity and purpose- 
fulness ot the partnership's early years. 

From the perspective of College Hill, the rela- 
tionship between the two schools seems to look, 
almost by definition, more complicated than it does 
in Mississippi. Brown seems caught in the sort of 
double bind that springs from the vicissitudes of 
American history: how can it help this deserving 
partner without helping too much - without direct- 
ing or even seeming to direct the relationship? How- 
does Brown avoid being paternalistic to Tougaloo? In 
light of racial attitudes and relationships in the 
United States today, these c]uestions are fraught with 
danger.Their tangled historical roots run deep. 

n 1S39, the Spanish slave ship L'Ai)ii.<ldd 
set sail from Havana harbor, headed 
with its illegal cargo tor plantations 
near the Cuban city of Puerto Principe. 
Tiie captain, named Ferrer, wrote into the manifest 
the names ot titty-three Atiican slaves, the property 

ot two Cuban planters, Don Pedro Montez and Don 
Jose Ruiz. Four days into the voyage, a group ot cap- 
tives armed with cane knives treed themselves and 
mutinied against the command ot the ship, killing 
Captain Ferrer and the cook, a mulatto. Ruiz and 
Montez were made prisoners. 

The leader ot the rebellion, twenty-five-year-old 
Joseph Cinque, tried to direct the boat to Africa. But 
Montez, by tacking at oblique angles overnight, 
secretly steered for the United States, where the 
U.S.S. IVashingtoii apprehended the Aiiiisiad otTot the 
eastern tip of Long Island, taking it and the Atricans 
to Nev^' London, Connecticut. 

It was a galvanizing moment m the history ot the 
abolitionist movement 111 America. Anti-slavery 
activists formed a fund-raising group, the Amistad 
Committee, which assembled a defense team to pre- 
vent the AtVicans from being returned to the Cubans. 
After a stunning argument by John Quincy Adams 
before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Africans were 
freed and allowed to return to their homes. The 
heroic saga of the AiiiiHiul will soon be told in a 
movie directed by Steven Spielberg, but the success 
of the abolitionists had an even more protound etfect 
on U.S. history. The Amistad Committee became the 
American Missionary Association, of note in its time 
and ours tor its uncompromising anti-slavery posi- 

32 ♦ SOI' ILM B [; H /OCTOBH U 1997 

Tougaloo's relationship with Brown combines the academic rigor of the Ivy League 
with the community and racial support only a historically black college can provide. 

tion, including its refusal to obey fugitive slave laws. 

After the Civil War, the association believed the 
nation, "in repentance," faced a duty to educate 
freednien and women. The federal government 
offered aid to any church group willing to undertake 
this task: the AMA, in response, established more than 
500 schools in the South. In 1869, Allen Huggms, a 
former Union soldier, was commissioned by the 
AMA to find land suitable for 
one of those schools. He chose 
a 500-acre site at the Tougaloo 
- a Native American word 
roughly translated as "at the 
fork of the stream" - railroad 
station, then seven miles north 
of Jackson, Mississippi. 

Huggins was prevented 
from completing his objective 
by local rebels, who opposed 
him as a carpetbagger, among 
other things. In October 1869, 
the Beals family was put in 
charge, and on January 3, 1872, 
Tougaloo was chartered as a 
state-sponsored normal school, 
empowered to tram students in 
modern methods of teaching. 
Tuition was established at one 
dollar per year; room and board 
were ten dollars; books were 
sold to students for thirty cents 
each. These sums could be paid 
out of pocket or worked off at 

tasks necessary to the running of the college and its 

Walking across the gently rolling, tree-shaded 
campus of Tougaloo CoUege today, you absorb the 
tangible presence of history. There are few totems 
of contemporary collegiate life here — no students 
marching or handing out leaflets, no posters pro- 
claiming concerts or political rallies. The campus 
feels impoverished because of its limited scale and 
lack of amenities, but it is clean and orderly, sur- 
rounded by thick woods and traversed by a circular 
drive that leads to unpaved gravel spur roads and 
parking lots. 

There is a pleasant jumble of architecture from 
several different periods, Victorian to postmodern. 
Sprinkled throughout it all are pine, oak, and live oak 
hung with Spanish moss, giving the place a languid, 

The Tougaloo Oak has survived through three 
centuries of racial turmoil. 

almost sleepy feel. The Tougaloo campus's historical 
aura is enhanced in no small part by the Tougaloo 
Oak, a 300-year-old tree that marks the middle of 
the plantation. One cannot help wondering: What 
has that tree seen? The campus feels a long way in 
both space and time from the surrounding environs 
of north Jackson and suburban Madison County. 
County Line Road, which runs past the school, is the 
northern edge of the city of 
Jackson, a yuppie sprawl ot 
strip malls, motels, and car 
dealerships more evocative of 
Dallas or Los Angeles than any 
traditional image of Mississippi. 
Turning into the long drive up 
to the Tougaloo campus is like 
going back into the past, into 
red clay and magnolia memo- 
ries of the Old South. 

Eighty-three percent of 
Tougaloo's 1,000 students come 
from the state of Mississippi. Of 
those, an overwhelmingly large 
percentage are the first genera- 
tion to attend college. I talked 
to two graduating seniors who 
fit this description. Derrick 
Hamilton ot Indianola and 
Jerry Lewis of Belzoni. Hav- 
ing participated in the Brown 
School of Medicine's Early 
Identification Program, they 
are both medical students at 
Brown this fall. Derrick hopes to return to the Mis- 
sissippi Delta to practice as a pediatrician, while Jerry 
sees himself in fifteen years as an obstetrician in 
Boston. The towns they hail from are among the poor- 
est in Mississippi and, therefore, the United States. 

"I chose Tougaloo," Jerry told iTie,"because it has 
a reputation for being strong in the sciences, and the 
students have close relationships with their teachers. I 
also wanted to come here because it was historically 
black. In my opinion, black students need to learn 
who they are before they start off. Then they can 
progress to the Ivies or wherever." 

"Black students," Derrick joined in, "need to 
know what black people have experienced. Those 
things need to be built into the curriculum." 

Both young men had spent a year studying at 
Brown. What had that been like? Jerry laughed. 


"Other than getting used to that open-niindedness - 
I mean political correctness - that Brown seems to 
have on every issue. I enjoyed it academically. I found 
it very different. The classes were much bigger; there 
wasn't that closeness you have at a small school. You 
didn't get the teeling of complete support that you 
would at Tougaloo." 

"At Tougaloo," Derrick added, "the professors can 
actually get one-on-one with the students. At Brown 
it was hard to get that attention. And 1 think Brown 
students compete more. For instance, it I don't know- 
something because I missed class, I just ask Jerry and 
he will tell me. The students at Brown ... it was 
harder to find help. They were all trying to have the 
highest average in the course." 

He paused. "Socially, Brown was a shock for mc. 
I'm open-minded, but 1 have strong opinions and 
views, and I have no problem voicing them. At 
Tougaloo, people respect each other's views; it's like. 
'OK, that's her opinion.' At Brown, even if 1 was 
answering a question, I was always finding myself argu- 
ing. I telt like everybody at Brown was tidying to push 
their opinion on me. That caused some conflicts." 

I asked about self-segregation at Brown, the ten- 
dency tor black students to separate themselves by 
choice from the larger community. "I think they're 
just trying to find a community where they feel 
comfortable," Jerry said. "They are minorities in this 
great big white institution." 

"When I went to the cafeteria," Derrick said, "to 
the black table - Little Africa, as they called it - it 
wasn't about trying to keep away tVom white people. I 
just saw some people 1 thought 1 could relate to easier." 

Recent trends at Brown lend some credence to 
this explanation, as African-American undergradu- 
ates — who tend, on average, to be much more privi- 
leged than Tougaloo students — seem less interested 
in the greater lite ot the college. Large numbers of 
them separate themselves in public areas such as the 
Ratty and in class. There have even been internecine 
conflicts concerning assimilation among the black 
students themselves, arguments over issues such as 
dating and "solidarity," as well as group-based dis- 
agreements with whites. 

The irony ot this contemporary scenario at big, 
prestigious universities is not lost on leaders of 
poorly endowed black colleges, such as Tougaloo's 
Joe Lee. White universities, he feels, are often alien 
landscapes for black students. "There are white- 
majority campuses now where you have, in reality, a 
black college within the majority setting. You have a 
black student union with a budget, and they have 
events off to the side for thiniseKes."This allows the 

black students and the rest of the university to avoid 
interaction. "I'm not saying this is all intentional," 
Lee says, "but if you're going to have a black college 
inside a white college, why not have a college hke 
Tougaloo, which intends to serve those students as 
well as they can be served?" Historically black col- 
leges still enroll fewer than lO percent ot the eligible 
African-American college students in this cciuntry. 
But Lee states emphatically, "We grant better than 
one-third of the degrees received by blacks. There is 
a place tor our institutions in the scheme ot things." 

t IS not an exaggeration to say that the 
challenge posed by the American Mis- 
sionary Association in the wake of the 
Civil Wir has not been met. Schools 
like Brown and Tougaloo struggle separately and 
together at the task, but the larger question remains: 
What is the best way to educate young Atfican 
Americans? Is the only choice tor black students at 
Tougaloo (and, by implication, at Brown) one 
between marginalization at a white schocil and isola- 
tion at a black one? 

Portia Grayson, a junior pre-med at Tougaloo 
from the relatively well-off Mississippi town ot 
Tupelo, attended Brown as an exchange student. "I 
received an excellent education at Tupelo High 
School, which is integrated, " she says, "but I was the 
black girl who was the exception. 1 was the one they 
gave evervtiiint; to, the one the\' sent when thev 


Is the only choice for black students at Tougaloo - and, by impHcation, at Brown 
- one between marginalization at a white school and isolation at a black one? 

needed to send a black. I never felt part ot the whites 
or what they were doing; I didn't have many white 
friends. I felt alone, isolated; 1 had to learn it on my 
own. We're isolated here at Tougaloo, but that makes 
us stronger because we're together. We help each 
other understand what's gomg on and how to handle 
it. Tougaloo IS aspiring to be better, but we're lookmg 
for money; we're looking tor help. Tougaloo was the 
right place for me, but having been to Brown, I can't 
help but think I've also missed out." 

lerry Lewis (facing page), first-year medical student at 
Brown, was recruited from Tougaloo as part of the School 
of Medicine's Early Identification Program. Portia Grayson 
(above), a junior pre-med at Tougaloo, has spent time at 
Brown as an exchange student. 

Karen Baxter, managing director of Brown's 
Rites and Reason theater program and chair ot 
the Brown-Tougaloo faculry exchange committee, 
describes the dilemma. "There is a continuing role 
for these schools to play in our society," she says. 
"They are becoming, in fact, more critical. There has 
been more opportunity for young African Americans 
in recent years, but the opportunif)' remains theo- 
retical. Look at the recent efforts in California and 
Texas to roll back afTirmative action. Applications and 
enrollments are down. It's important to tight 
attempts to erode black progress, but in the mean- 
time, [historically black] schools are very important 

to the mission of education. They have served us well 
in the past." 

The simple question of what an institution like 
Brown can do to help an institution like Tougaloo 
becomes entangled in the thickets of American his- 
tory. There is no simple answer. The assiduous con- 
cern about paternalism, for example, heard much 
more in Providence than in Jackson, can be a sign of 
respect; it must not become an e.xcuse to do less in a 
time when the need for help may be more urgent 
than ever. 

"Our relationship is very strong," empha- 
sizes Brown's Donald Reaves. "It's based on an 
understanding on the part of both institu- 
tions. Brown understands that Tougaloo is 
independent and needs to stand on its own. 
Brown is not interested in running Tougaloo; 
Brown is interested in helping Tougaloo run 
itself. If you look at it from the perspective of 
resources, the relationship is unequal. But it's 
not as if Tougaloo doesn't offer Brown any- 
thing. The student exchange, the faculty 
exchange, the interactions between the offi- 
cers of the respective administrations — these 
things go both ways and offer Brown tremen- 
dous exposure and experience which would 
not otherwise be available. The benefits are 
numerous, and they're embodied in the people 
who do the exchanges. It has provided a way 
for Brown to share some ot its resources." 
..; Tougaloo and other historically black 

schools need those resources - from Brown 
and from other institutions like it. The compelling 
issues of 1964 are the imperatives of 1997. One thinks 
of the windblown fields and highways of the Mis- 
sissippi Delta, haunted by the ghosts of slaves and 
the Ku Klux Klan, and of the children trying to 
transcend those locales, trying to transcend the tragic 
history that fate thrust them into. The need for 
Tougaloo College might be less urgent in a Missis- 
sippi where whites had not, in virtually every city, 
town, and county, created a separate, parallel, private 
school system and defunded the public one to pay 
for it. Such is the story and the situation facing those 
still concerned enough to fumble for solutions. 
Whether we ignore or engage them, these problems 
will not go away. O^^ 

Aiilhoiiy l\'alloii'.<. Mississippi: An American Journey, 
n7)ii7i I iiitage recently issued in ptiperhiick, was excerpted 
ill llie March igi)6 BAM. 



Going for the Goal 

Soccer helped 

Doug Ulman 'gg 

fight cancer three times 

in one year. Now he's 

helping others cope 

with the disease. 

Maybe Doug Ulman '99 was meant to 
go running that warm August night m 
1996. His sophomore year was a few 
weeks away, and he was looking forward to joming 
the Brown soccer team in Providence for preseason 
practice. After watching an Orioles 
game on TV, Ulman and his older 
brother. Ken, went for a jog through 
their neighborhood in Columbia, 
Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. 
Doug had no idea that this run 
would end up saving his life. 

After the brothers got back to 
their parents' house, he noticed that 
his throat felt tight and swollen. Fear- 
ing his asthma was acting up, his 
mother drove Ulman to the local 
hospital emergency room. Doctors 
took a chest X-ray and sent him 
home, saying it was probably just an 
allergic reaction. 
h wasn't. The next day, the hospital called to tell 
him there was an abnormality on the X-ray, a small 
shadow. A CAT scan revealed that the shadow was a 
tumor attached to his ribs. The doctors assured 
Ulman and his parents there was a 98 percent chance 
the tumor was benign. Somehow, he knew it wasn't. 
The following week, surgeons at the University 
of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore removed 
the growth, along with six inches of Ulman's rib. Two 
weeks later, after the pathology report had been sent 
to specialists in New York and Minnesota, Ulman 
learned that his tumor was chondrosarcoma, a rare 
form of cancer that aftects cartilage. A surgeon 
explained he would need to remove more ribs and 
part of Ulman's spine, which he would replace with a 
metal rod. Ulman would be lucky to jog again 
within a year. Soccer was out of the question. 

As his mother wept, Ulman sat stunned. He had 
spent the entire summer training in sweltering heat 
with his teammates and hometown buddies, Kumi 
Walker '00 and Chris Dodson '99. Together they had 
scrimmaged, lifted weights, and run in preparation 


for the grueling three-mile run they'd have to com- 
plete in eighteen minutes on the first morning of 
preseason practice. Ulman had worked himself into 
the best shape of his life. Now he had cancer. 

"You're nineteen and you think you're indestruc- 
tible," says Ulman, who had never been hospitalized 
before his illness. "Then you're in a hospital bed sign- 
ing consent forms that say the side effects of your 
treatment are dizziness, nausea, and death." 

Ulman's family sought a second opinion from a 
specialist in bone tumors, Alan Levine '70, director of 
orthopedic oncology at the University of Maryland 
Medical Center. He told the Ulmans that another 
operation would not be necessary. Concluding that 
the first surgery had removed all of Ulman's cancer- 
ous tissue, Levine recommended periodic CAT scans 
to monitor his condition. In six weeks, he added, 
Ulman could play soccer again. 

Elated, Ulman returned to Brown the next day. "I 
wanted to get back to normal," he says. But his body 
wouldn't comply. Ten pounds under his playing 
weight, he couldn't walk more than fifteen minutes 
without tiring. When he showed up at practice. 
Walker, Dodson, and other teammates hugged him 
gently, careful not to hurt his sore ribs. Over the next 
few weeks, his soccer friends helped Ulman go about 
life as a college student. He wasn't supposed to hft 
anything heavy, so teammates helped him move into 
Andrews Hall. They carried his books to class. 

Ulman reported to practice almost daily, initially 
just to watch. "We'd see him on the sideline or jog- 
ging on the track," says Dodson, "and we'd think 
how lucky we were to be able to play." 

Now Ulman needed soccer more than ever before. 
Playing was the goal of his recovery, and his teammates 
were his support network. From the sidelines, he 
watched as the team finished 8-5—4, fourth in the Ivies. 
When first-year player Walker matched up against the 
University of Rhode Island's Andrew Williams, the 
country's top scorer, Ulman stood on the sideline 
yelling, "Come on, Kumi! Keep on him, Kumi!" 

"I heard him the whole game," says Walker, who 
held Williams scoreless that day. 


"I needed to talk to someone else my age 
who'd had cancer, but I didn't know anyone." 

Ulman finally rejoined the team for practices 
later in September. Head coach Mike Noonan was 
impressed with how focused, yet relaxed, Ulman 
looked, unlike his freshman year, when he had 
pushed himself too hard and passed the ball errati- 
cally. In October, when Ulman jogged onto the field 
against Loyola College - his first college game in a 
year — his teainmates gave him a standing ovation. He 
logged twenty-five straight minutes, holding a speedy 
Loyola forward scoreless and passing the baU well. 
After the 3—1 victory, after the hugs and high-fives 
and congratulations from parents and friends, Ulman 
was the last player to leave the field. 

But the comeback had taken a tremendous toll. 
A few days later, he still felt exhausted and sore. The 
strain of coping with academics, soccer, and cancer 
simultaneously was too much. Reluctantly, he took 
the rest of the season off. 

Having postponed one goal, Ulman 
quickly found another - a new calling 
that pushed his battle with cancer 
beyond the particulars of his own illness. 

While taking it easy for several months, Ulman 
saw a segment on Prime Time Live featuring cancer 
survivors, including ABC anchor Sam Donaldson, 
who'd had a melanoma removed in 1995 from a 
lymph node. The next morning, Ulman announced 
to his parents he was going to do something for oth- 
ers with the disease. He wasn't new to volunteerism. 
At Columbia's Centennial High School, Ulman had 
been in student government and had organized 
blood drives, proms, and class competitions. During 
his freshman year at Brown, he'd created a Web page 
for the men's soccer team. 

Ulman knew the isolation cancer patients can 
suffer. "I needed to talk to someone else my age 
who'd had cancer," he says, "but I didn't know any- 
one." Whenever he or his mother contacted support 
groups, they were told Ulman was either too young 
or too old to join. So at night he surfed the Internet 
for information. He learned about a program for 
teens with cancer, funded by the Australian govern- 
ment; he read about an "I'm Too Young" support 
group in Canada. One night, he even found a picture 

of his type of tumor on the Web. It looked like a yel- 
low-brown cloud clinging to a pearly rib. 

Several months later, Ulman and his parents 
launched the Ulman Fund under the aegis of the 
Wellness Cominunity, a national organization that 
provides free support services for cancer patients and 
their families. Ulman's goal was to raise enough 
money to produce a Web page for young adults with 
cancer and to provide them with Uterature and a net- 
work of survivors. But first he had to face yet 
another threat to his own health. 

After a series of routine medical checks last win- 
ter had revealed nothing suspicious, Ulman beheved 
he was cancer-free. By spring he felt rejuvenated, and 
he began practicing with the soccer team again. Dur- 
ing a checkup, however, one of his doctors noticed a 
few discolored moles on Ulman's torso. A specialist at 
Johns Hopkins Medical Center removed several of 
them, but the following week she called Ulman at 
Brown to say the mole on his chest was malignant. 

At practice that night, Ulman broke the news to 
Walker and Dodson.Then he headed home for more 
.surgery. Doctors cut out almost a full centimeter of 
tissue, leaving a three-inch scar. 

In June, another melanoma had to be removed 
from his left shoulder. Ulman didn't slow down. Two 
days after his surgery, he was back coaching at a 
Maryland soccer camp. Before long he was training 
with Walker and Dodson for this year's three-miler, 
talking about the team's chances for an Ivy title. 

38 ♦ SHI'TKMBER/OC roBER 199 7 

Two days after surgery to remove 
to remove a cancerous mole, Ulman 
was back coaching at a Maryland 
soccer camp. 



linan s life seems nor- 
mal again, but it will 
never be entirely so. 
At twenty, he is already a three- 
time cancer survivor. Sometimes 
as he runs, he feels a twitch near 
the seven-inch scar over his ribs. 
It's a reminder he can't ignore. 
"When something like this hap- 
pens," he says, "you lose a little bit 
of optimism." 

Ulman knows there is a 30 
percent chance the chondrosar- 
coma may grow back in the next 
five years and a 5 percent chance a 
melanoma will recur on his arm 
or chest. He keeps a bottle of 
Coppertone spf 45 sunblock next to the toothpaste 
m his bathroom. Other bottles are in the kitchen, 
in his car, and in his golf bag. He coats himself with 
the lotion every morning and no longer goes outside 
without a T-shirt. One of his favorites is a Dodgers 
jersey with the number 22 - the same number worn 
by Brett Buder, a fellow cancer survivor. 

Meanwhile, he continues his fight for other 
young adults with cancer. Ulman's informational 
Web site - - went on-hne in 
August. As part of an independent-study course at 
Brown last spring, he produced pamphlets for young 
people on how to research specific types of cancer 

He coats himself with sunblock every morning 
and never goes outside without a T-shirt. 

and how to handle the fear, anger, and stress that 
come with the disease. Over the summer, with his 
parents' help, he organized a celebrity auction and a 
charity soccer game to raise money for the nonprofit 
Ulman Fund. He estimates he's spent three to four 
hours every day organizing events and mailings since 
last spring. 

Soccer has given Ulman a public platform tor his 
crusade. His story has appeared in Rhode Island and 
Maryland newspapers, in Soccer America magazine, and 
on the Baltimore TV news. At a S2.<;o-a-plate banquet 

on June 21 at Pimlico Race Course, benefactors bid 
on baseballs signed by the Orioles' Cal Ripkin and 
Brady Anderson and on lunch with Sam Donaldson 
(Ulman's parents bought the latter for him). In early 
August, Ulman hosted and played in the Ulman 
Fund Soccer Classic, a college all-star game in 
Columbia featuring teammates Walker, Dodson,Josh 
Anderson '00, John Devine '00, Andy Dixon '99, 
Phil Lynch '00, Mike Rudy '00, and Ryan Smith '00, 
along with other top players from around the coun- 
try. Initially, Ulman had hoped to raise S6o,ooo in the 
fund's first year; now he's aiming for $100,000. 

Ulman has received more than a thousand letters 
and several hundred phone calls. Some are from soc- 
cer fans and from such players as Shepp Messing, the 
former New York Cosmos goahe. Most are from can- 
cer survivors. The call that meant the most was from 
a thirry-six-year-old Baltimore insurance adjuster 
who read about Ulman in the newspaper and imme- 
diately recognized his type of cancer. About 500 men 
worldwide are diagnosed with chondrosarcoma 
every year; this man had survived it several years ago. 
The two talked for an hour and met in July for a 
round of golf, strangers with an instant bond. As Sam 
Donaldson said to Ulman over lunch, "We're mem- 
bers of the Cancer Club." 

This fall Ulman was headed back to Brov/n, back 
with his soccer teammates, back to dreaming of an 
Ivy title. But he's more philosophical than he was a 
year ago. "It's no longer my goal to be a starter or to 
score so many goals," he told a newspaper recently. 
"My goal is to help the team." 

Ulman figures he survived cancer so he could 
learn how lucky he is. He belongs to a loving family 
and a close-knit team. He's able to help others cope 
with the disease. "I guess everybody goes through 
hardships," he says. "Unfortunately, I had to deal with 
mine at a young age. On the other hand, it has pro- 
vided me with wisdom and strength, and the Ulman 
Fund has focused my energy. I think I'll live a more 
fulfilled life because of what I've been through." O^ 

Clhirici Sillier //. ii ii frcclaiue writer in Baltimore. 

To contact the Ulman Fund, write to 4723 Dorsey Hall 
Dr., .S'i//f(' .4.S('.S, Ellicott City. Mdrylaml 21042; or call 
(410) 4O1-1400. 


tt _. S 3 G. C . M 3 C- „ . , - „_,.,» 

■ lustrations by Lisa Manning 

By David Shenk '88 


For much of this century, boosters of such technologies as 
television and the Internet have promised us a smarter, more 
efficient society. Beware, argues a former computer junkie, 
of magical machines and hopeful prophecies. 

David Sarnoff, the founder of NBC and 
the man who unveiled the first color 
television at the New York World's Fair 
m 1939, was one of the great techno- 
utopians of the twentieth century. Like many others, 
Sarnoff saw the new invention as a force for truth, 
refined culture, and national edification. In 1940, he 
declared confidently that television was destined to 
provide greater knowledge to larger numbers ot peo- 
ple, truer perception ot the meaning of current 
events, more accurate appraisal of men in public life, 
and a broader understanding ot the needs and aspira- 
tions ot our tellow human beings. Among other 
efforts to put these ideals into practice, Sarnoff in the 
late 1930s established the NBC Orchestra, recruiting 
the world-renowned Arturo Toscanini to conduct 
weekly televised concerts in prime time. 

But while edify'ing programming like this still 
exists, televisions vast influence has been at the other 
end ot the spectrum, promoting voracious con- 
sumerism, political apathy, and social isolation. We are 
not knowledge seekers when we watch TV; we are 
couch potatoes. Sarnoff saw television as our modern 
Agora, where as a nation we could come together 
to share in modern virtue and progressive democ- 
racy. Instead, it has become our Coliseum, where we 
come together to watch others get torn apart. 

Today's children, who watch more television than 
ever before (an average of 22,000 hours before grad- 
uating from high school), according to the lVijshingloii 
Post, also "suffer from an epidemic of attention- 
deficit disorders, diminished language skills, and poor 
reading comprehension." The U.S. Department of 
Health and Human Services has discovered a direct 
link between TV and such learning disorders, and 

there is concern that television 
might actually cause them. "Most 
[heavy-viewing] kids," says psy- 
chologist Jerome Singer, "show 
lower information, lower reading 
recognition or readiness to read, 
[and] lower reading levels." They also "tend to show 
lower imaginativeness and less complex language 
usage." Very recent research in this field suggests that 
TV might in fact physically stunt the growth of a 
developing brain. 

The great lesson is: Beware of men bearina; mag- 
ical machines and a list ot hopeful prophecies. Be- 
ware, for instance, of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates's 
promise in his book. The Road Alicad, that "the in- 
formation highway will magnify [capitalism] . . . con- 
sumers everywhere will enjoy the benefits," and that 
it "will open undreamed-of artistic and scientific 
opportunities to a new generation of geniuses." 

It is as it a car manufacturer, in describing the new 
invention a hundred years ago, promised not only 
that cars would one day reach speeds of 100 miles 
an hour, but that driving would also be completely 
injury-free and would help keep our environment 
pristine. In fact, someone probably did. The mis- 
guided, Utopian faith in technology is as much a part 
of our American history as "manifest destiny" and 
blacks' long struggle for civil rights, and it highlights 
another great paradox of the information age: our 
American democratic culture has dramatically ele- 
vated technology, but technology has not elevated 

The second halt of this century in particular has 
been plagued by technological utopianism: ever on 
the horizon sits a wondrous technology promising to 
deliver a truly equitable, educated, civil, democratic 
society. And, though it never does quite work out 
that way, the hope springs eternal. Most dangerously, 
techno-utopianism allows us to take our minds off 
the problems themselves and off the need for con- 
ventional, non-electronic solutions. 



Like the cockroach and the common cold, 
techno-utopian hopes persevere. I know 
about these take hopes because, hke virtually 
everyone in my generation, I'm infected 
with them. In college, I got my first Macintosh - 
exhilaration. As a young reporter. I got my first 
Powerbook laptop. Now I'm really free, I thought, 
because I can take my \\'ork anywhere. 

But, of course, I was also hooked. I became so 
dependent on my laptop that the thought of hfe 
without It became utterly terrifying. Yet another 
Apple product had become deeply ingrained in my 
icientity. As much as any phrase that I can think ot to 
accurately describe who I am, 1 am a Mac person. 

From the very start, the Mac was easy and intu- 
itive; it was like an external brain into which we 
could pour intormation, propositions, and critiques 
and juxtapose them with one another in any fashion 
we could think up. A notepad records static thoughts: 
the Mac fluidly assists in the process of contemplation. 
Plus, it was a jazz to play with. Personal comput- 
ers help turn life into an adrenaline buzz — from con- 
stantly improving efficiency ot thought and informa- 
tion transfer, from the feeling that by taming a 
thinking machine you are pushing the envelope of 
humanity's capability. To operate such computers is 
to feel a sliver of what an Edison or a Wright or an 
Oppenheimer felt: you rise above the earthly coil of 
man, you def\' nature, you flv. 

Now we have another decade, another technol- 
ogy, but the same Utopian fever, this time from Inter- 
net-inspired Pollyannas who believe it can do nti 
wrong. "Within a few years," projected the i\'cu'\'ork 

Posl in 1993, "consumers across the country will, at 
the flick of a switch, have access to an almost infinite 
amount of information. . . . All except Luddites and 
hole-in-the-wall reactionaries will rejoice at this 
potential expansion of human capabilities." 

.4)1 infinite tvncmnt of iiiicrmation. Imagine that. All 
we need to do is plug our computers and our brain- 
stems into the global network in order to be supplied 
with everything we need to live happy, healthy, 
wealthy lives. 

What kind of techno-sap would tall for such a 
preposterous notion? 

Me. tor one. In 1991, in the midst of my obsession 
with the Mac, I fell just as hard tor the joys of the 
Internet. It instantly multiplied the importance of the 
computer in my life. In addition to being the tbcal 
point ot my thought and creativity, it was now also 
an unprecedented tool for communication. I was 
under a spell, dreaming the techno-utopian dream in 
the great tradition of Sarnoff, Gates, et al. That's what 
these machines can do to a person, or even a whole 
society. To those of us who are a little disappointed 
with the present, they serve as a convenient totem on 
which to pin our hopes. 

Even Bill Clinton has fallen into the techno- 
utopian trap. "We can revolutionize education" by 
connecting schools to the Internet, he promises. 
Without any serious discussion, Washington has 
become infatuated with computer-boosted educa- 
tion and has fueled a major national push to wire all 
schools in the country by the year 2000. 

It is understandable why politicians might fixate 
on computers in the classroom. Relatively speaking, 


David Shenk has struggled with the contradic- 
tions of modern technology since he first set 
foot on the Brown campus. "The personal com- 
puting revolution was just taking off," he says. 
"But you don't know if it's really a revolution 
or if you're just young and excited." His mis- 
givings faded temporarily with the arrival of 
his first Macintosh computer and again when 
he discovered the Internet, but Shenk never 
lost sight of one deceptively simple question: 
What are these things taking from me? 

"Almost all technology is );ive and take, 
though we're very rarely even encouraged 

to think about what 
we give up," he says. 
1; "There is such a thing 
f. as having more infor- 
mation than is healthy" 
Shenk's book, Data 
Smog, is a compendium of the effects of infor- 
mation overload on individuals and on culture 
in general. The book includes thirteen "Laws 
of Data Smog" that, Shenk says, advise read- 
ers how to cope with "all of the unwanted 
information in their lives - as well as all the 
fast-paced, thrilling information that they 
want." Law One reads: "Information, once 
rare and cherished like caviar, is now plentiful 

and taken for granted like potatoes." 

A freelance writer whose work has ap- 
peared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The 
New Republic, Shenk has parlayed his brand 
of techo-skepticism into a regular column in 
the "Synapse" section of HotWired, the Web 
site of Wired magazine. He lives in the Park 
Slope section of Brooklyn with his wife, 
Alexandra Beers, and their eight-month-old 
daughter, Lucy. What does the future hold for 
Lucy? "She lives in a TV world," Shenk says. 
"I'm not going to ban it from her life. But I 
want to make her early education as text- 
based as I can. She sits on my lap while I do e- 
mail." - Chad Gaits 

42 ♦ si;in r. M lii-. 1) / ocTOH 1; n 1997 

The assumption that 
computers and 
telephones and cable 
television are vital 
educational tools is 
based on wishful 
thinking, not analysis 
or common sense. 

they are a cheap, quick fix. The problem 
is, they're not a fix at all. "Perhaps the 
saddest occasion for me is to be taken to 
a computerized classroom and be shown 
children joyfijlly using computers," Alan 
Kay, one of the legendary pioneers of 
personal computing, testified to Con- 
gress in 1995. "They are happy, the 
teachers and administrators are happy, 
and their parents are happy. Yet, in most 
such classrooms, on closer examination I 
can see that the children are doing noth- 
ing interesting or growth-inducing at all! 
This is technology as a kind of junk food - people 
love it but there is no nutrition to speak of At its 
worst, it is a kind of 'cargo cult' in which it is thought 
that the mere presence of computers wiU somehow 
bring learnmg back to the classroom." 

The unspoken assumption behind wiring schools 
is that computers and telephones and cable television 
are vital educational tools. This is based on wishful 
thinking, not analysis or common sense. "I used to 
think that technology could help education," Steve 
Jobs said in 1996. "I've probably spearheaded giving 
away more computer equipment to schools than 
anybody else on the planet. But I've had to come to 
the inevitable conclusion that the problem is not one 

that technology can hope to solve You're not 

going to solve the problems by putting all knowledge 

onto CD-ROMs Lincoln did not have a Web 

site at the log cabin where his parents home-schooled 

him, and he turned out pretty inter- 
esting. Historical precedent shows 
that we can turn out amazing 
human beings without technology. 
Precedent also shows that we can 
turn out very uninteresting human 
beings with technology." 

These protests reveal not only 
a welcome clearing of the 
techno-utopian haze, but also an 
insight into the misunderstanding 
behind the idea of computers as 
educational tools. The process of 
creating intelligence is not merely 
a question of access to informa- 
tion. Would that learning were as 
easy as diving into a swimming 
pool of information or sitting down 
at a banquet table for an info-feast. 
Rather, education, which comes from 
the Latin ediicare, meaning to raise and nur- 
ture, is more a matter of imparting values and 
critical faculties than inputting raw data. Education is 
about enlightenment, not just access. 

Schools are stringent filters, not expansive win- 
dows onto the world. Teachers and textbooks block 
out the vast majority of the world's information, 
allowing into the classroom only small bits at any 
given time. When organized and cogently presented, 
these parcels of data become building blocks of 
knowledge in students' brains. 

The computer, by and large, is designed for a very 
different purpose. It helps access and deliver enor- 
mous stores of information at high speeds. It is not a 
filter, but a pump. As a library-type resource, it can be 
of terrific value. But it is not, as some have argued, an 
inherently superior classroom tool. 

This is not to deny the efficacy of certain 
thoughtful, disciplined educational software pro- 
grams. But to leap from the reasonable claim that 
computers can be a useful tool in education to an insis- 
tence that powerful, high-speed computers are des- 
tined to revolutionize classroom education simply on 
the basis of their power and speed is to let techno- 
utopianism get the better of us. 

If the dichotomy between past expectations and 
today's reality is any guide, we cannot expect infor- 
mation technology to deliver a new generation of 
geniuses. Rather we'll have to create our genius the 
old-fashioned way. We'll have to karn it. 

Adapted from Data Smog: Surviving the Information 

Glut (HarperCollins). 




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Wliaf do you get wlicii you cross an expertise in art history 

with a passion for the soil? 

Just ask Marco Polo Stufano '60, whose thirty years 

of tilling hare turned the Bronx's Wave Hill 
into one of the nation 's most admired horticultural sites. 

One day in the summer ot 1967, Marco 
Polo Stutano walked through Wave 
Hill's wrought-iron gates and viewed a landscape in 
decay. Although the property, located in the Bronx, 
is framed by breathtaking views ot the mile-wide 
Hudson River and the 
500-foot-high forested 
Palisades, the gardens 
were in ruin. There 
was little to suggest the 
former estate's history 
as the summer retreat 
of a teenage Theodore 
Roosevelt and the r^vo- 
year home of Mark 
Twain. Paths crumbled 
under Stufano's feet. 
Perennials, when not 
overgrown, had become 
choked with a chaos 
of weedy vegetation. 
Inside the estate's green- 
houses, glass panes and woodwork lay fallen like 
withered leaves. 

A less optimistic soul might have shaken his head 
and left, but Stufano saw before him a twenty-eight- 
acre empty canvas awaiting color and form. Examin- 
ing canvases, empty and otherwise, was something 
the former art history student had been trained to 
do. but as deep as his love for art was a passion tor tiie 


The George Washington bridge 
as seen from the lower lawn. 

soil. The son of Italian immigrants, he'd grown 
up in a modest home 111 Queens, helping his father 
tend a backyard vegetable garden terraced along 
an embankment of the Long Island Railroad. But 
it was his mother's ornamental garden out tront that 

truly inspired him. 
"She was a seamstress 
with an artistic bent," 
Stutano says. "From 
her, I learned to see 

In 1967, Stufano 
was a recent graduate 
of the New York Bo- 
tanical Clarden School 
of Horticulture, the 
Harvard tor gardeners. 
When he learned that 
a search was on for 
someone to turn the 
New York City-owned 
Wave Hill into a flow- 
ering haven. Stutano realized he had found his per- 
fect match. Here was a chance for a city boy with a 
developed aesthetic sense and a knack for growing 
things to create a sanctuary tor people whose daily 
views consisted largely ot bricks and concrete, in a 
borough normally concerned more with security 
than scenery. 

Thirrv vears later. Wave Hill is a horticultural 


wonder. "Who would think this is the Bronx?" Stu- 
fano asks, surveying the site. "It is hke living in the 
country." When he first arrived, the properrv' hosted 
a handful of weekly visitors. Some days no one came 
at all. In time, as word of Stutano's work spread across 
the horticultural world, garden writers began wa.xing 
elegiac about what he had done. "You can't open a 
gardening book now without seeing Stufano cred- 
ited with some aspect of its production." one writer 
said recently in the Vancouver Sun. "He has shocked 
the gardening establishment with his avant-garde 
color schemes and daring planting ideas. Stufano 
breaks all the rules in an imaginative way, having 
first learned how to obey them pertecdy." Now a 
Stufano lecture on gardening attracts an audience of 
SOD. This year, 100,000 people will visit Wave Hill. 


he estate's transformation has been the 
result ot vision, cletermination, patience, 
and daring. From the outset Stutano conceived a gar- 
den that would exist in three dimensions: color, 
botany, and structure would meld as never before. 
Equally important would be creating a landscape that 
was inviting to city residents - to children in particular 
— and that wouki encourage them to discover a rare 
intimacy with nature. Stufano, Wave Hill's director of 
horticulture, says he was lucky to have as his collabo- 
rator John Nally, a Missouri printmaker whom he 
hired 111 1979. Stufano and Nally, who died in 1988, 
shared a love of both art and gardening and a desire 
to combine the two in imaginative ways. Typical of 
their approach was a narrowing of garden paths to 
.ilkiw foliage and flowers to spill onto tiie cobble- 

48 ♦ sui'TUM lii-;R/()(:Tf)iiiii 1997 

stones. "In most public gardens," Stufano says, "stones 
would be taken out and the paths widened. But the 
narrowing down immerses you. People develop a 
respect for the plants on the paths. They will not step 
on them." 

Although he strived to remani true to Wave Hill's 
history as a former estate - "We trieci to create and 
preserve the feeling that com- 
ing here was like visiting your 
rich aunt in the country," he 
says - it has become a kind of 
pastoral people's park. Seasonal 
art programs encourage chil- 
dren and their families to 
paint, make prints and col- 
lages, and sculpt with paper, 
clay, mud, twigs, wire, and 
plaster. Last year, under the 
supervision ot Stutano's right- 
hand man, assistant director of 
horticulture John Emmanuel, 
the stafl planted pumpkins, 

squashes, and other gourds on a weedy hillside near 
the river, turning it into an autumn playgrounci ot 
colors and shapes. Stutano has scattered large, single 
wooden chairs across the property so that sinking 
into one of them to watch boats move along the 
river or the sun set over the Palisades would be a per- 
fect antidote to the city's noise, hassle, and pavement. 
"It is a real luxury for a city kid to have his or her 

Tlie 'jwtiiuls ill front of coitseivaloi] 

and grcctilioiises (facing page) 

are divided into small quadrants 

to suggest what can he done in 

a small yard. 

family art programs (below) 

help children and adults develop 

a hands-on feel for natural shapes 

and floral colors. 

own chair." Stufino explains. "In tact, it's a great 
thing for anyone to be able to have their own chair 
in a public place." 

From the beginning, Stufano md Nally took as 
their inspiration the work ot William Robinson, a 
fiery, outspoken Irishman who died in 1935 atter be- 
coming known "as the man who changed the t'ace of 
England" with his naturalistic- 
looking gardens. In keeping 
with the democratic character 
they hoped would prevail at 
Wave Hill, Stufano and Nally 
rejected the elaborate schemes 
of geometric hedges and for- 
mal arrangements found in 
most prim public and private 
plantings. Instead they cultivated 
a "wild garden" on a rocky hill. 
With the greenhouses in dis- 
array, Stutano travelecl to Eng- 
land no tewer than titteen 
times, returning trom each trip 
with a boxful of at least one hundred plants of 
uncommon, yet hardy, species. For the wild garden, 
Stufano and NaUy placed perennials among the small 
trees and shrubs already on-site, and added such bold 
touches as yews pruned into cloud shapes to comple- 
ment the relaxed teel ot the garden. Near this green- 
ery are the bright yellow blossoms ot woad, an Old 
World species once cultivated tor the blue dye in its 


AVID UM 1:K< / V 

Grasses flourish along the aquatic garden (top), 

creating a soft, wild look. Alpine plants 

in containers (ahoi>e) show what urban growers 

can accomplish on a terrace or porch. 

leaves. Also in the wild garden are veronica and 
quaniash, a plant ot the western United States that 
produces showy clusters ot blue or white Mowers and 
an edible bulb. 

With the wild garden in place, Stut'ano and Nally 
nicned on to recl.imi the rest of the property. An 

abandoned-greenhouse foundation became the 
skeleton of an herb garden. An out-of-control plot of 
roses was pruned and refreshed. Through extensive 
clearing, pruning, and planting, Stufano and Nally 
created a magnificent, 6,300-square-foot cottage gar- 
den. Amid the weathered wood of pergolas and 
benches blossom dozens of unusual hybrids such as 
blue salvia or chartreuse nicotiana.The garden peaks 
during the warm days and cool nights of September, 
when the reds and oranges of dahlias and the blues 
and whites of asters blend into masses of deep color. 
"Autumn is the best time to note the individual 
shapes of species, the juxtapositions of plants in the 
garden, and their structural places in the landscape," 
Stufano says. 

This emphasis on garden structure is the principal 
way he strives to combine art and nature. He traces it 
back to College Hill classes with Professor Emeritus 
of Art William Jordy. "I took his art history course 
when I was a freshman and still unsure of a major," 
Stufano says. "Jordy was so enthusiastic that I decided 
to major in art history. That was the start ot my 
understanding ot how to dig beneath the surface of 
the basic garden and to look at it structurally." 

As an example, Stufano refers to David's painting 
Death of Socmtes. "You can say that it is an historical 
rendering of an event," he explains. "But look at it 
architecturally and you will find an arrangement of 
horizontal and vertical elements. There are shapes, 
objects, and forms relating to each other. These are 
the underlying bones of a good garden: plants as 3-D 
objects, composed, assembled, and arranged 111 space." 

50 ♦ SEi'TR mber/oct()Bi;r 1997 

In Stutano's gardening aesthetic, however, the 
art is always changing, never static. He is, in 
fact, a restless gardener, unafraid to remove a plant 
that no longer adds to the land- 
scape or to plant a species that 
may take years to bloom. One 
day this spring Stufano pointed 
out a small, rare dogwood with 
variegated leaves growing on a 
slope overlooking the estate's 
main house, which now serves 
as a visitor center and the site for 
classes and family art programs. 
The dogwood had recently 
replaced a long-standing horse 
chestnut. "In a garden there is 
always a time for something to 
go," he said. "Gardeners often get 
too attached to their plants." 
Daily change, even if it's barely 
noticeable, he believes, is the 

hallmark of a great garden. Even his greenhouses are 
continually in flux, with some of the potted plants 
inside them rearranged every day. 

As he continued with his gar- 
dening advice, Stutano's words took 
on the force ot metaphor. "At 
some time," he said,"it is appropri- 
ate to put in something new and 
vigorous. In the garden, people 
often avoid change because what 
they plant won't grow fast enough 
tor them to enjoy it. That is not 
a good enough reason. Every 
good gardener plants many things 
for those who live in the future." 

For thirty years, Stufano has 
been imagining that future, c^ 

Scon 'ruriia is duociatc divcctor of tlic 
Broii'ii News Biiicdii, spciitili:iiig In 
science and medicine. 

A Red Hot Poker, or Kniphofia, n perennial of the lily family, in bloom (above). 

A woman paints on the Great Lawn (below) before a 

burgnndy-leaved form ofredbud, Forest Pansy. 





The Levy File 

etore author Alan Levy was 
expelled from Pra^iue in 1971, 

the Soviets sentenced him to 5,615 
years in prison. "I got ten years for 
e\'ery time I used the words invasion 
or iXTiip<, and an extra twenty- 
five for saying that Leonid Brezhnev 
had a face like a Cosa Nostra god- 
father," he says with a laugh. 

Levy, in fact, had the last laugh. 
He was formally pardoned by the 
new Czech government after the 
walls around the Soviet empire collapsed 
in 19S9. Today, back in Prague, he is free 
to write books and articles without fear 
of censure, much as Czechs such as tilni- 
maker Milos Formaii, who befriended 
Levy in 1966, are free to speak their 

In the United States, Levy is best 
known tor writing The W'icseiillial File, 
a 1994 book examining the life of Aus- 
trian Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal, for 
which Levy was named Author of the 
Year by the American Society of Journal- 
ists and Authors. In the Czech Republic, 
however. Levy is better known tor Row- 
boat to Prague (1972), a personal account 
of the 1969 Prague Spring of freedom. 
Banned in Czechoslovakia by the Commu- 
nists, the book became an underground 
classic. Levy was expelled when a sixtv- 
five-page section of the text was seized by 
secret police while it was being smuggled 
out of the country for printing. 

Born in 1932 in New York City, far 
from the chaos of central Europe where 
the Czechoslovak nation had just been 
formed. Levy entered Brown at sixteen, 
received his bachelor's degree in 1952, and 
earned a masters in journ.ilism at Colum- 
bia. He worked as a reporter at the Louis- 
ville Courier-Journal for seven years, broken 
only by two years of Army service 111 the 
Korean War. Not long after returning to 
New York City in 19C)0 to freelance, Levy 
began to dream of living overseas. 

Levy and his wife, Natalie, agreeci on 
three preret]uisites: they must live in a 
beautiful city, not h.i\e Americ.m writers 
as iminedi.ite neighbors (Levy was fatigued 

Coiiinuniists banished liini from 

his adopted home a quarter-ceiiturY ago. 

Now this joiiniahst has retiinied to 

help shape the future of Prague. 

By Aaron S. Kuriloff '96 
Photograph by Lee Malis 

by "incessant cocktail chatter"), and have 
a reasonable cost of living. Prague moved 
to the head of the couple's list following 
Lew's visit m the spring of 1966 as publi- 
cist for a cultural tour. The city fascinated 
him, and he liked the people. It also didn't 
hurt that at the time, Czechoslovakia was 
"income tax heaven" for foreigners. A 
year later, sitting in a rowboat on a Cen- 
tral Park lake. Lew told his two- and 
three-year-old daughters that "we would 
be moving to a magic vellow city with a 
hundred gold spires and tiny blue cobble- 
stones." The family lived in Prague for the 
next tour years. 

After being expelled, Le\y spent twenrs' 
years in Vienna, writing biographies and 
travel articles, and publishing interviews 
with W. H. Auden, Ezra Pound, and 
Vladimir Nabokov. In 19.S2, his plav The 
Wbrlti of Ruth Draper was performed m 
Vienna tor six weeks and toured Europe. 

But Levy's heart was in Prague. When, 
in l9iS9, the Velvet Revolution toppled 
Czechoslovakia's Communist regime, he 
didn't hesitate. "On May 15 they lifted 
visa [rec]uirements] for Americans," he re- 
calls, "and on May 17 I hitched a lift back 
with a camera team from the World 
Wildlife Federation. At the border, they 
took our passports into a little booth and 
came hack with all of them except mine. 
Now I was getting nervous. Fmalh', after 
another fifteen minutes, a very sloppv guard 
came out with an even sloppier copy of 
Rou'boal to Prague and said, "My name's 
Dvorak. Will you sign this?" " 

Today, as founding editor of the Prai^ue 
Post, the citv's largest Ent;lish-language 

weekly. Levy chronicles a phenome- 
non dubbed "Yappies" — Young 
Americans m Prague. He is credited 
with creating a perception that 
Prague is filled with writers and 
intellectuals, much as Paris was in the 
1920s. It was in the first edition of 
the Post, on October i, 199 1, that 
Levy published a much-quoted col- 
umn on the subject. "We are living 
in the Left Bank of the nineties," he 
wrote. "Future Hemingways and Fitz- 
geralds, Audens and Isherwoods, Boswells 
and Shirers will chronicle our course." 

Some observers beg to differ. They 
claim the artists have gone home, replaced 
by the investors and entrepreneurs who 
form the advance guard of a capitalist 
invasion. "I think Alan Levy is bored," 
says Radha Burgess, editor of the Prague 
Tribune, a financial magazine. "Not a lot is 
happening here now, and I think he is 
searching hard for things to write about." 
Levv; however, stands by his thesis, adding 
that "the yuppies have been the glue that 
holds everything together." 

Each Monday, before the Post is sent 
off to a printer in Germany, Levy calls 
staff from around the office to show them 
his changes to their copy. "Alan is a great 
writer," says Post reporter Siegefried Mort- 
kowitz, "but more important, he is com- 
mitted to helping young people." 

Ec]ually committed to his life as an 
expatriate. Lew has been known to seek 
out the odd patch of Americana. Just ask 
the members of a Prague square-dancing 
club who are joined everv Tuesday night 
by a certain American editor. "It's very 
good for clearing my mind," Lew says as 
a caller chants "Bow to your partner and 
do-si-do" in a thick Czech accent. When 
Lew misses a step, the person behind him 
administers a friendly shove in the right 
direction. Thousands of miles from the 
nearest hoedo\\'n. in a country that has 
alternatelv hated and lo\cd him. Alan 
Levy is home, c^ 

.-iaron S. KinHo[] is an assistant firotluur tor 
Wbrlchride Television Xeivs in Praone. 

52 • SI. I'T 1; .M H I. li ' ()( I oiii « 1997 


The Classes 



Henry Ise writes: "I had a very nice day at 
Conuiiencement, but I was the only member 
of my class. At 96 I was one of the oldest grad- 
uates, if not f/ic oldest, in the procession. My 
wife, Mildred, and granddaughter Suzanne 
also came and enjoyed the other events of the 
day. Brown's photographer, John Foraste, took 
several pictures of me." (See The Classes, July.) 
Henry can be reached at 42 Old Spnng Rd., 
Cranston, R.I. 02920. 


Seventieth reunion attendees included Oscar 
Fishtein, Ed Mellom, Irving Miner, and 
Wyeth WiUard. 



Save the dates for our 70th reunion. May 
22-25. Come back to Brown for a lively cele- 
bration. There will be educational ofterings, 
cultural events, and plenty of time to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this tall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

193 1 

The class of 193 i held its 66th mini-reunion 
on Fnday, May 23, with a noon luncheon in 
the Sharpe Refectop,'. Thanks to Eleanor 
McAndrews Retallick for making the 
arrangements for the luncheon and sending 
the reunion notices. 

We had a short meeting after lunch and 
voted to appoint a nominating committee to 
present the tull slate of officers at our mini- 
reunion next year. On Monday the class was 
represented by Howard Angell and Bemie 
Buonanno tor the walk down the hill during 
Commencement. Later we had a table of eight 
at the lunch for classes that have celebrated 
their 50th reunions. 

Attending the reunion were Howard 


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travels, or other news 10 TVic Classes, Brown 
Alumni Monthly, Box 18^4, Providence, 
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Angell, Bernie Buonanno and Josephine, 
Joseph Galkin and Freeda, Ben Greenfield 
and Dons, Hector Laudati and Edythe, Bill 
Hindley and Dorothy, Marion Boettiger 
Leonard and Warren, Eleanor McAndrews 
Retallick. and guests George Williams, Paul 
Thayer, and Lillian Janas. - Bill Hindley 


At the men's 65th reunion we had our annual 
Saturday dinner at Wannamoisett Country 
Club with fifteen members and spouses pre- 
sent. At the meeting following dinner it was 
announced that retiring president Byron 
Waterman would be marshal for the class m 
the annual procession down the hill. Miles 
Sydney was elected president, and Everett 
Schreiner was re-elected secretary-treasurer. 
— Byron IValertnan 

Four days of planned activities with deli- 
cious meals highlighted the 65th reunion of 
the Pembroke class. It was a sad as well as a 
happy occasion because our reunion chair ot 
many years, Katherine Burt Jackson, had 
passed away on Februaiy i . 

On Friday afternoon classmates greeted 
one another at a reception at our Buxton 
House class headquarters. Friday night the 
women joined with the men of 1932 in the 
Chancellor's dining room for the Brown Bear 
Buffet. Guests at the activities included 
Catherine Amory "94, Dr. Barry Bainton 
'63, Beatrice Minkins '36, Mabelle H. 
Chappell '33, Fred |ackson, Ken Gleason, 
and Sylvia Sneider. 

Our class luncheon was held in the Chan- 
cellor's dining room on Saturday, At each 
place setting on the table was a white rose, our 
class flower. After lunch a business meeting 
was conducted by president Dorothy W. 
Budlong and head class agent Edith Berger 
Sinel. They reported that our total tor the 
Brown Annual Fund was $110,290. Treasurer 
Katherine Perkins reported a small amount 
m our treasury- ($320.75); we had almost 
depleted it at our 6oth reunion, not expecting 
a 65th. The president read the names of class- 
mates who had died during the past five years, 
and Fred Jackson read a poem written by his 
wife, Kitty. It was voted to buy a brick in the 
walkway in her memory. Elinor L. Martin 
was elected class secretary, and classmates 
thanked Fran Young for serving as class 

( )n Saturday evening, classmates gathered 
for a dinner at Buxton House. Afterward, a film 
on rheumatic heart diseases was shown. It had 
been written, produced, and acted in by Kitty 
Jackson and Helen MofTett Dejong. Later, 
a few classmates attended the Pops Concert. 

A picnic had been planned at the home of 
Hank 56 and Phebe Vandersip '96 RUE 
in Cranston for Sunday afternoon, but rain 
prevented us from attending. That evening a 
class supper was held in Alumnae Hall's Crystal 

Four stalwart women, headed by our class 
marshal, marched down the Hill on Com- 
mencement day. - Dorothy IV. Endlong 

Brown .iiid IVnibroke fisth reunion .utendeos 
mcluded: Dorothy Budlong. Margaret Condon. 
Alan Cusick. Stewart Essex, Mary-Louise Hall 
Gleason. Theodore Jaflfe, Patrick James. Walter 
Kelley. Marion Leonard. Evadne Maynard 
Lovett, Paul Mackesey. Ehnor Martin, Katherine 
Perkins. Everett Schreiner. Mildred Schmidt 
Sheldon. Edith Berger Sinel. Carolyn Minkins 
Stanley, Miles Sydney. Charles Tillinghast. Byron 
Waterman. ,)nd Frances Young. 



Save the dates for our 65th reunion. May 22-25. 
Come back to Brown for educational offer- 
ings, cultural events, and a chance to renew old 
acquaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this tall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 


Ed 'Whitehead Jr., West Allenhurst, Pa., 
commemorated sixty years of membership on 
the New York Stock Exchange by nnging 
the closing bell on Friday. May 2. 

Beatrice Wattman Miller '35 (see 
Andrew L. Feldinan ■fi6). 


It was a great reunion for the Brown men! 
Hugh Wallace, Bill Ryan, and wife Sally 
came troin C'alitornia: Jim Beale and Paula, 
Ken Beaulieu and John Manchester and 
Jean came from Flonda; Bob Hallburg drove 
over from Pennsylvania; Bill Tyrell, wearing 
his '37 senior jacket, came from New York; 
Charlie Tallman and Louise drove down 
from New Hampshire; Joe and Ruth Sokol 
Dembo '5S AM., Allyn Brown, and George 
Toelken and Virginia all came up trom Ckm- 
iiectK lit; Jack Fenton. Lou Genovese, 
Parker Halpern .md I'hvllis, Micky Levy 
and Leone, and Hart Swafiield and Char- 
lotte were the Massachusetts contingent; and 
Stan Grazebien and Madeline, Milt Jacobs 
and Dons, Jim McCoy and Bette Brown, 
Joe Petteruti and Fran, Buzz Pease, Jack 
Skillings and Ruth, Marty Tarpy and 


Reunions feature ample opportunities for standing, 
posing, sitting, and chatting. Counterclocl<wise from 
left, Marshal Dorothy Brown waits patiently with the 
class of 1937; two classmates trade reminiscences at 
the new Alumni Walkway outside the Maddock 
Alumni Center; and 1942 Class President Dorothy Friar 
(center, in orange jacket) smiles between Marshal 
Eleanor Mishel Leventhal and reunion committee 
member Hinda Semonoff as they wait on the Green. 

Charlotte, and Bill Wunsch represented 
Rhode Island. 

The program started Friday afternoon 
with a cocktail party, followed by the Brown 
Bear Buiiet in the Refectory, on to Campus 
Dance. Joe and Fran Petteruti and John and 
Jean Manchester led the dancers. Both Joe 
and John have sons who graduated from Brown. 
This year Joe's grandson giaduated (see pho- 
tograph. The Classes. July), and ne.xt year 
John's granddaughter will get her degree. 

On Saturday we had the dedication of the 
'37 gate. Jack Skillings had to hit the shield 
three times before the champagne bottle 
broke. The class luncheon gave us time to tell 
a little about ourselves - much to the amuse- 
ment of listeners. Skillings and 1 were re-elected 
as class otTicers. We had a joint dinner with 
the women of '37 at the Faculty Club, and 
were entertained by Senior Associate Director 
of Admission Annie Cappuccino. 

Jim McCoy presented the '37 candle at 
the memorial ser\'ice in Sayles Hall, and Sun- 
day afternoon the group came out to my house. 
We sat around, looked at old pictures, and 

On Monday morning, Beale, Beaulieu, 
Hallburg, Manchester, McCoy, Ryan, Skillings, 
Swaffield, Toelken, and Wunsch all marched 
down the hiU. I sat on the sidelines. The 
reunion was fun and well worth the work 
involved.- Marly Tarpy 

The Pembroke 60th reunion began Fnday 
evening with a reception at our headquarters. 
Both men and women enjoyed catching up. 
The Brown Bear dinner was well attended, 
and the Saturday-morning forums attracted 
many classmates. The big event of Saturday 
morning was the chnstening of the 1937 gate 
at the campus entrance between Faunce 
House and Hope College. 

Agawam Hunt Club was the scene for 
lunch and a short meeting. We have a new 
vice president, Marian McGowan. All other 
class officers remain the same. A pink candle 
in a pewter base was our parrs' favor, and a 
booklet of poems by Ruth Manley Powers 
was an additional gitt by a classni.ite. The Fac- 
ulry Club dinner was filled with conversation, 
laughter, and edibles. 

The weather on Sunday was not what we 
had planned. At 9 A.M. President Gregorian 

and three speakers gave thanks in a memorial 
program to Brown men and women who 
gave their lives in World War II, Korea, and 
Vietnam. The Hour With the President had 
to be moved indoors because of the rain, but 
we lost none of its message that Brown's past, 
present, and future will stand and go on to 
new heights. We will miss Vartan Gregorian. 
Because of the weather, brunch at the R.I. 
Historical Society's Aldrich House and a 
Blackstone River boat tnp on the Explorer 
were enjoyed by only half of those who had 
signed up. 

On Monday the sun was out in full glory. 
Ten very agile '37ers marched down the hill 
with much cheering from the sidelines for the 
"aged gals" who still could manipulate their 
legs. Of course, we took a bus back up the 
hill to lunch. Our fioth concluded with saying 
"see you soon" to all, especially the distant 
girls. Hope to see you in '98 for our usual 
mini-luncheon reunion. If not, let's think 
about our fisth. - Eleanor McElroy 

■ Brown and Pembroke 55th reunion 
attendees included; 
Zedra Jurist Aranow. Beth Webb Barden. S. 

56 ♦ SliPTF. M ROR/OCTOIiLH 1997 

Bcale, Frederick Beaulieu, James Brown. Dorothy 
Rawcliflfe Brown. Joseph Denibo, Jeanette Fried- 
man Dillabough, Thelma Halverson Ebbitt. John 
Fenton. Anne Taniul Ferrara. Christine Gainer, 
Louis Genovese, Theodore Golden. Anna Lyons 
Goulet, Stanley Grzebien. Robert Hallborg. 
Parker Halpem, Mihon Jacobs. Gala Swann Jen- 
nings, Emma Warner Kershaw. Milton Levy. 
Dorine Laudati Linnane.John Manchester. Ruth 
Godfrey Marcroft, James McCoy, Eleanor McElroy, 
Lucille McLaughlin. Marian Martin McGowan. 
Eleanor Murphy Morrissey. Margaret Partridge. 
Dorothy Pickett Priestman. Mary Louise Hinck- 
ley Record. Mary Dull Robinson. Williain Ryan. 
Dorothy Nutman Scribner, Margery Walton 
Shepard. Marion Sittler. Jackson Skillings, Elisa- 
beth Rice Smart. Frederick SwafHeld. Charles 
Tallman. Martin Tarpy, Eleanor Tarpy. George 
Toelken. Evelyn Sarcione Turcone. William 
Tyrrell. Hugh Wallace, and William Wunsch 
Jim Beale, Jacksonville, Fla., writes: 
"The Class of '37 had more fun than anyone 
else at Campus Dance. Two cute young things 
joined me at the edge of the floor for a datise 
en troi while Granny Beale dug out the cam- 
era. They said they were juniors, but I never 
got their names. The reunion was a grand 
affair, and we enjoyed greeting old triends we 
hadn't seen for ten years. I was much impressed 
by the good behavior of the Class of 1997. 
On the march down the hill on Monday, 
they were cheerful, happy, and courteous. 
None of the rowdy bottle- waving bunch oi 
ten years ago. My compliments to them all. 
We'll look forward to '02 and take a little 
peek at '07. Long may we wave!" 



Start planning to come to our 6oth reunion to 
be held Memonal Day weekend. May 22-25. 
Bill Rice, chair of the reunion committee, 
hopes tor a big turnout. Talk it up with your 
classmates! The other members of the com- 
mittee are Phyllis Littman Corwin, Alice 
Harrington. Luke Mayer, Sam McDon- 
ald. Herbert Noble. Robert and Jean 
Thomas, and Charles Walsh. - Liiki- Mayer 


The women held their annual minireunion 
luncheon on Saturday at the Brown Faculty 
Club. Those attending included Eleanor Hall 
Byerley. Dorothy Frost Cleasby. Frances 
Miller Dawley. Margaret Porter Dolan. 
Elizabeth Goodale Kenyon. Martha Ahli- 
jian Kevorkian. Ruth Manter Lind, Teresa 
Gagnon Mellone. Esther Peace and guest, 
Marie lannucci Sciotti. Audrey Raiche 
Souza, Nancy Mark Stewart, Eunice Estes 
Strobel, Katherine Tucker, Frances Singer 
Wattman, and Margaret Gainer Wright. 
Great cainaradene. delicious food, sunny 
weather, and lots of conversation made for a 
happy occasion. We are looking forward to 
our minireunion next year on Saturday of 
Commencement weekend. And in 1999, just 
two years hence, our big rtoth! Save the date. 
— Teresa Gannon Mellciic 


TRUE blue: Rye (N.Y.) American Legion 
Post 128 presented Douglas Herron '39 

with its 1997 Americanism Award on 
Memorial Day. According to the Rye Chron- 
icle, Herron has been an Integral part of 
the Rye community for seventy-four years. 


May 25 was a dreary, rainy day. Despite get- 
ting soaked, we accomplished our goal - the 
dedication of the war memorial for Brunonians 
who gave their hves in World War II, Korea, 
and Vietnam, The ceremony was well con- 
ceived and very impressive. Bob Steinsieck 
presented a wonderful eulogy for his son and 
others killed in Vietnam. Our 1941 memoruil 
plaque was displayed on the speaker's platfonn. 
Its permanent location will be determined 
soon. Besides my wife, Louise Whitney 
Harrington '39. and I. attendees from our 
class included Grace Hundt Viall, Celeste 
Griffin, Sophie Schaffer Blistein, Bob 
Steinsieck and Mane, Bill Sheffield and 
Pat, Bill Sheehan, and Allen Ferguson. 
Austin Volk and Bob Rapelye were unable 
to attend due to other coniniitnients, but they 
expressed their appreciation for the establish- 
ment of the memorial. Amie Eggert also 
was unable to attend, but his son, Gerold M. 
Eggert '(14, a Vietnam veteran, was with us. 

Graduation day was great. Four years ago 
I wrote that our granddaughter, Sarah 
Younkin '97, had entered Brown. On Mon- 
day I was pnvileged to hand Sarah her diploma 
on behalf of the Brown Corporation. 

Bob Tourigney and his wife, Helen, 
continue to enjoy good health. They expect 
to be at the reunion in 2001. Send news with 
your dues - we will pass it along to the BAM 
and the class newsletter. — Earl W. Harrint^toiijr. 

Dave Ebbitt's wife, Wilma R. Ebbitt 
'43 Ph.D., was awarded the Distinguished 
Graduate School Alumna Award by Lewis P. 
Lipsitt, professor emeritus of psychology and 
medical science and human development, at 
this year's Commencement. "Professor Lipsitt 
was chiefly responsible for her receiving the 
award," Dave writes. "He collected letters 
from former colleagues and students to sup- 
port his nomination. He and his wife, Edna, 
looked after us all through the weekend, and 
he sheep-dogged Wilma through the com- 
plexities o( the award ceremony. Professor 
Lipsitt nominated Wilma for the award because 
he was a student in a humanities course she 
taught at the University of Chicago fifty years 
ago. That's what I'd call a lasting impression." 
Dave and Wilma can be reached at i-A Red 
Cross Ave., Newport, R.I. 02S40. 

Robert Gosselin (see Peter G. Gos- 
selin '76). 


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The ssth reunion weekend began with regis- 
tration, a casual hello, and a reception at our 
headquarters, Diman House. On Friday prior 
to Campus Dance, the class traveled to the 
Squantum Club in East Providence and had 
dinner in its Clambake House overlooking 
the harbor. Saturday's events included a buffet 
lunch and class meeting at the Refectory, sight- 
seeing, and attending Commencement forums. 
We had dinner at John and Lila Sapinsley's, 
followed by the Pops Concert. Sunday's rain 
failed to dampen the '42 spint. Joe Weis- 
berger and Bill Crooker spoke at the dedi- 
cation of the Universir\'s new war memonal 
and the all-class memonal ser\'ice. Lunch was 
at Cafe Nuovo overlooking the updated city of 
Providence, the new Waterplace Park, and 
the redirection of the rivers downtown. At 
four o'clock we made the trek to Seekonk to 
the Sa\igiiano home, where Barbara French 
Savignano hosted a cookout with a tent to 
fend off the ram. On Mond.iy nioming. marshals 
Bemie Bell and Eleanor Mishel Levanthal 
led a representative group through the Van 
Wickle Gates and down the hill. 

During the weekend it was announced 
that the class had made a record contribution 
for a Brown 55th reunion. Our gift of more 
than S234.000 was collected under the direc- 
tion of Eleanor Mishel Levanthal and class 
agents Hinda Prisker SemonofTand Joe 
Lockett. Sons and daughters of the class came 
to vanous events, incluciing Pamela High, a 
member of the Brown medical school faculty 
and daughter of the late Dick High, a star 
football player during his years at Brown. Sev- 
eral widows and widowers of class members 
also attended. The nominating committee 
proposed Bemie Bell as president. Dick 
Donovan as vice president. Bob Rockwell 
as treasurer, and Susan Weatherhead as sec- 
retary. Their report was duly accepted and 
the slate elected. 

The reunion was also a celebration of 
fifty-five years of class events at the Sapinsleys' 
and the Savignanos'. Class members arrived 
from the East Coast, Texas, Cahfomia. Col- 
orado, Vancouver, and Hawaii, as well as points 
between. Watch for news of Homecoming 
on November S after the Brown/Harvard 
game. -Jo Shccliaii Riiyiiioiui 

■ SSth reunion attendees included: 
Seth Abbott. Ponzi Angelone. Howard Arnold. 
Jean Howard Barr, Chelis Bursley Baukus. 
Arthur Beanc. William Beauchamp. Aaron Beck. 
Bernard Bell. Sophie Schaffer Blistein, Richard 
Capwell. Ann Plankenhorn Collins. Charles Col- 
lis. Florence Northcott Cox. William Crooker. 
Jerome Deluty, Richard Donovan, Helena Smith 
Dunn. Audrey Mitscher Ferguson. David Flint. 
John Foley. Dorothy Berger Friar. Samuel Fried- 
man. Helen Herman Golin, David Golner, Gor- 
don Hurt. Herbert Iselin. Hope McKinuon Jame- 
son. Barbara Hammann Jarrct. Leland Jones, 
Herbert Katz.John Keay. Eleanor Mishel Leven- 
thal, Charles Lloyd. Joseph Lockett. Raymond 
Lynch. Matthew Mitchell. Virginia Bowman 
Morgan. William O'Connor. John O'Sullivan. 
John Orpen, Irving Patterson. Frances Kemp 

Perrin. Devara Abramson Poll. Robert Priestley. 
Edward Proctor. Rubye Sheehan Raymond. 
Robert Rockwell. George Rose, John Sapinsley, 
William Saunders. Barbara French Savignano. 
Hinda Pritsker SemonotT, Desmond Simmons, 
Arnold Soloway. Harvey Spear. William Spicer, 
Dorothy Rabinowitz Stowe. Ellen Swanson. 
Susan Weatherhead. Rae Derber Webber, Joseph 
Weisberger, Mildred Willenbrock. George 
Williams, and Frank Wilson. 



The ssth reunion committee is making plans 
for our eleventh quintessential quinquennial! 
Watch this space for news, and be sure to circle 
Memonal l])ay weekend in your 199S calen- 
dar. Members of the planning committee are 
Ray Abbott, Ben Beachen, Seth Gifford, 
Earl Nichols, John Price, and Bob Radway, 
with Nancy Hess Spencer, Ruth Webb 
Thayer, and Jack Hess serving as chairs. 
Headquarters will be at Diman House, across 
the quadrangle from where we had our soth. 
It IS centrally located and within easy walking 
distance of all the important events. Comph- 
mentary dormitory rooms will be available. 

Our annual luncheon, held May 2 1 at the 
Brown Faculrs' Club, was attended by Ray 
Abbott and Ruth, Ben Beachen, Dave 
BufTum, Bob and Carol Taylor Carlisle, 
Anne Treniontozzi Dunn, Jim and Marion 
Jagolinzer Goldsmith. Elaine Robinson 
Kaufman. Marge RofTee Milroy, Tom 
and Mary Grosse Murray, Gordon Neale 
.indjean, Lorena Pacheco, Eliot Parkhurst 
and Pnscilla, Bob Radway and Glona, Bob 
and Edna Coogan Snow, and Ruth Webb 


Lillian Carneglia Affleck and her husband. 
Jack, traveled from Geniiany to Provence, 
France, last fall to meet their daughter. Joan, 
and her family, who were travehng on sab- 
batical. Their youngest daughter, Marybeth, 
was manned in June. Lillian can be reached at 
s Vialls Dr., Barrington, R.l. 02806. 

Marjorie Dore Bertram enjoys the 
winters 111 Holiday, Fla., and summers in 
Mattapoisett, Mass. On Easter week she took 
a trip up the Mississippi on the Aincriciiii 
Queen. She can be reached at 5035 Victona 
Ln., Holiday 34690. 

Judith Weiss Cohen is editing the Rhoilc 
Isliiiui Jewish Historiia! Notes, an annual journal, 
and wnting. She has had articles in AiiieriiWi 
Heritoi^e and [ 'edhiliiit, and her piece, "My 
Ten Strategies for Coping with Cancer." was 
in Voiit Hcii/r/i. Injanuaiy she and her husband, 
Aaron '41S, celebrated their soth anniversaiT 
at the home ofjudith's sister, Ruth Weiss 
Soforenko 'so, and brother-in-law, Arnold 
Soforenko '46, in Palo Alto, Calif Many 
finiily members attended, includingjudith's 
brother, Arthur Weiss '46, and his wife and 

Mai-jorie Greene Hazeltine and her 

husband. Jim. have purchased a condo at 
Ocean Edge in Brewster, Mass. They plan to 
use it for the early months of summer and 
rent it dunng July and August. Marjorie can 
be reached at 61 1 Crestgate PI., MillersviUe. 
Pa. 17551. 

Lois Dwight McDaniel has moved to 
Richmond, Va. "It took us awhile to decide 
where we wanted to be," she writes. "Bach- 
mond is a fascinating city. We found a house 
on a hill and are having a great (and expen- 
sive) time restoring the grounds. We decided 
we needed a little adventure in our lives." 
She can be reached at 730 North Pinetta Dr., 
Richmond, Va. 23235. 

Phyllis Bidwell Oliver wntes: "Don 
and 1 flew to Fairbanks, Alaska, on May 25 
for a two-week trip down to Vancouver." 
They traveled by train and coach, and then 
had a week's cruise on the Rotlerdain. with 
stops at Juneau and Sitka. "This was especially 
exciting for us as 1 had a mild stroke in early 
Januarv', which affected my right side. I still 
have physical and occupational therapy three 
times a week and use a walker, but I can dress 
myself and take care of simple needs. Only 
driving a car is still beyond my capabiUties." 
Phyllis can be reached at 3 Cadwell Rd,, 
Bloomfield, Conn. 06002. 

Barbara Orkin Rogers and Len went 
to Istanbul in May for a three-and-a-half- 
week tour of Turkey with Elderhostel. "We 
plan to be at Brown for our ssth reunion in 
1999," Barbara writes. "We already have 
reservations in Cambridge for our grandson's 
graduation from Harvard. It will also be fifty 
years since Len received a graduate degree 
from Harvard. We just opened a new public 
library in our town. Len is a trustee, and I 
volunteer and work as a substitute reference 
librarian." Barbara can be reached at 25 
Belvedere Ave.. Belvedere. Calif 94920. 

Sylvia Berry Rose and Jerry '45 
announce the niaiTiage of their oldest grand- 
daughter and the birth of their thirteenth 
gi-andchild. In June. Sylvia and Jerry moved 
to 10 Edgewater Dr., Apt. lO-E, Coral Gables, 
Fla. i}ii}. 

Jane Richardson Wright attended the 
wedding of a granddaughter on Memorial 
Day weekend. "We have nine grandchildren 
now," she writes, "and three of them are 
m.imed." Jane, who also has four great- 
granddaughters, is a volunteer curator of cos- 
tume at the Schenectady Museum and loves 
going to work. She can be reached at 3 1 8 
Terrace Rd., Schenectady, N.Y. 12306. 


They told us it would happen, but who thought 
It actually would? The march down College 
Hill on Monday morning was the predicted 
highlight of our weekend, but we expected it 
to be just an add-on to an event-filled four 
days. The bands playing, the bagpipes wang- 
ing. the drummers niarkiiii; the cadence, and 

58 ♦ SF.P 1 liMIil: U /OCTOBl. H 1997 

^S^ Looking Back 


Six Pembrokers who graduated in 
1949 have l(ept in touch ever since. 

For the forty-seventh year, writes Phyllis 
Whitman Beck '49, she received "a packet 
full of Pembroke College nostalgia." The 
much-anticipated mailing is a "round robin" 
circulated annually by six alumnae who 
entered college together in 1945. The 
friends were among twenty Pembroke fresh- 
men assigned to live in a temporary over- 
flow dormitory on George Street - "poten- 
tially dangerous territory," Beck jokes, in 
the heart of the Brown (men's) campus. The 
following year, the women relocated to 
Pembroke - and they've stayed in touch 
ever since. 

When each year's mailing arrives, the 
recipient removes her previous year's missive 
and adds an update. "Like life," Beck muses, 
"the round robin goes around. You discard 
the words about your past and tell about the 
present. You watch six families' lives go on, 
year after year." 

The tradition originated with Rosalie 
Brendlinger Smith '49, former president of 
the student government. "When we gradu- 
ated," Smith recalls, "I just thought it would 
be fun to keep in touch. So I started the 
round robin immediately." The other faithful 
correspondents are Ann Bradford McCartney, 
Adele Goodman Pickar, Sybil Finch Gilbert, 
and Dorothy Moyer Gardner. 

For the most part, the round robin has 
chronicled typical lives of women in the post- 
war era. "First we did exactly what society 
and our families expected," Beck says: "We 
got married." Over the next decade, with one 
exception, each of the women had between 
three and five children. "We nurtured them, 
kept house, and did good deeds in our 

f eft to right: Ann Bradford McCartney, 
Adele Goodman Pickar, Phyllis Whitman 
Beck, Rosalie Brendlinger Smith, Dorothy 
Moyer Gardner, Sybil Finch Gilbert. 

But in the 1960s, Beck notes, as the 
women's movement began to open doors and 
broaden expectations, a restlessness crept 
into the annual letters. One by one, the 
friends ventured beyond kitchen and coffee- 
klatsch. Beck herself went to law school 
and later became a Pennsylvania Superior 
Court judge in Philadelphia ("Judged on 
Merit," BAM, November 1994). Another cor- 
respondent became active in her church's 
national governance. Someone else became 
a successful real estate sales agent, another 
trained as a social worker, and "the athlete 
among us" became a championship golfer. 

Now, Beck says, "The round robin occa- 
sionally reflects decline and even widow- 
hood. On the brighter side, we read about 
each other's grandchildren, travels, and 
plans for future accomplishments. The tales 
of our lives are spelled out not only in our 
words, but in the news clippings and family 
photographs we enclose. 

"Despite the fact that we are all very 
different people, with different interests and 
political ideologies," Beck says, "our round 
robin has lasted because of our mutual 
affection and a love of our shared past." 
- Anne Diffily 

the senior class's resounding cheers for us — 
the fifty-year class of old- timers - all made 
for a glow that surpassed the weekend's good 

On Fnday afternoon we'd registered and 
checked out our lodgings at Alpha Chi Omega 
house. A pleasant meeting room with food, 
dnnk, and fifty years of memorabilia adorning 
the walls provided good cheer as we met with 
old friends and classmates. The Brown Bear 
Buffet, with its abundance of good food, had 
the added feature of continuous entertainment 
by student singers performing a cappella. The 
glow continued. Campus Dance did not evoke 
memories of the balmy June night fifty years 
ago. Still fun - but it was cold! 

Saturday morning's forums were well 
attended untrl the noon hour, when we made 
our way to the Hope Club for lunch. The 
class meeting was brief with streamlined 
reports and elections for the next five years: 
president, Roger Williams: vice presidents, 
Alan Maynard and June Miller Wilbur: 
secretanes. Joan Fitzgerald Golrick and 
J.Z.James; treasurer, Eileen Cummings 
Heaton: immediate past president, Betty 
Asadorian Kougasian: class agents, Joe 
Dowling and Betty Reilly Socha: and 
reunion co-chaiis, Jane Walsh Folcarelli 
and Norman Jerome. 

The Commencement forums continued, 
leaving just enough time to cross campus to 
an elegantly renovated Andrews Hall for our 
class dinner. From the shrimp cocktail to the 
creme brule dessert, with a jazz tno in the 
background, who could help but feel mellow? 
That was lucky for us, because we certainly 
could have done without the arctic tempera- 
tures dunng the Pops Concert later. Nonethe- 
less, soloist Marvin Hamlisch and the Rhode 
Island Philharmonic provided us with a beau- 
tiful concert. 

Sunday morning brought rain and a can- 
cellation of activities at Waterplace Park in 
downtown Providence. Undaunted, we headed 
for cocktails at the home of hospitable Joe 
Dowling, where we were all cozy and wanii. 

We know now that the sunshine that 
greeted us Monday morning augured a special 
day. As we passed slowly through the Van 
Wickle Gates at the top of the HrU, we reahzed, 
just as we had been told, that "the best is yet 
to come. ' Our thanks to reunion co-chairs 
Joan Fitzgerald Golrick, Roger Williams, 
and their committee. - Belly .-isijilondii 

m soth reunion attendees included: 
Robert Abel, Irene Margolis Backalenick. Ray- 
mond Bamstone. Stanley Blacher. Edwin Bliss. 
Seymour Blutstein. Hope Finley Boole. Frances 
Richardson Brautigani. Barry Brown, John 
Brown, Harold Cooper. Donald Creamer, David 
Cross, Doris Davis. Joseph Dolinski. Joseph 
Dowling, Richard Edgar, Rainon Jan Elias, Bur- 
ton Fain, Joyce Wetherald Fairchild, Avis Gold- 
stein Feldman-Avis, Anthony Flack, Jane Walsh 
Folcarelli, Florence Clark Frank, Rufus Fuller, 
Charles Gayley, Gustav Getter, Esther Hoffman 
Glaser,Joan Fitzgerald Golrick, George Gordon, 
Adolph Greenberg, M. Cummings Heaton. Joan 
Van Raalte Hellinger. Paul Hess. Dorothy Hiller. 


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George Shafran.Jean Richardson Silvius. Howard 
Smith. Elizabeth Reilly Socha, Bemice Bernstein 
Spigel, Barbara Salomon Spitz. Drusilla Johnson 
Spraitzar, Glenn Stacy. William Stone. Marleah 
Hammond Strominger. Anna Wright Templeton- 
Cotill.Jean Grady Thomas. John Thome. Gerald 
Tucci. Arthur Von Dreele. Charles Watts, Bar- 
bara Whipple. Gerard Wichelns, June Miller 
Wilbur. Roger Williams, James Woloohojian, and 
Anne Renzi Wright. 

Robert B. Abel has published Tlic hiflu- 
enL'f of TcchtiiCiil Coopemtiofi on Reduciti^ Tension 
in the Middle Eiist (University Press of Amer- 
ica). The book descnbes events leading to a 
cooperative program of marine technology 
between Egypt and Israel and discusses how 
the program was conducted. Robert is a research 
scientist in the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens 
Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. 



Attending a reunion workshop at Maddock 
on April 26 were Betty Montali Smith, 
reunion chair; Nancy Cantor Eddy, class 
president; John Newell; and Jim Elder. By 

now everyone should have received a personal 
note encouraging them to attend our 50th 
reunion on the weekend of May 22-25. Put 
the dates on your calendar and make hotel 
reservations now. The committee is planning 
a broad range of events focusing on the familiar 
and the new. Watch your mailbox — we will 
keep you appnsed and help with your plan- 
ning. For further information, call reunion 
headquarters, (401) S63-1947. - NaiiQ' Cantor 
Eihly and Breffny Fecly Wakli 

Constance Taylor Howard and her 
husband, George '49, have moved from Coral 
Gables to Fort Myers, Fla. By happy coinci- 
dence they now live near Jean Richardson 
Silvius "49, who was maid of honor at the 
Howards' wedding, and her husband. Con- 
stance can be reached at 13361 Wild Cotton 
Ct., North Fort Myers 33903. 


On May 10 a reunion luncheon was held at 
the home of Dolores Pastore DiPrete in 
Jerusalem, R.I. In attendance were Virginia 
Fitzpatrick Bainton, Lorraine Bliss, Ann 
Archibald Day, Pauline GuiUmette Dugas, 
Lois Jagolinzer Fain, Marjorie Logan 
Hiles, Muriel Broadbent Jones. Sally 

DeVere Whipple, as well as Jennifer Cone 

'98, recipient ot a Pembroke Class of 1949 
scholarship. A minireunion is planned for the 
weekend of Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C. 
More information will be in the mail, along 
with progress reports on our 50th reunion. — 
Marilyn Sih'crnian Ehrenhaus 

Judge Phyllis Whitman Beck of the 
Superior Court of Pennsylvania was presented 
the Philadelphia Bar Association's William J. 
Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award on 
June 13. In 1997 Phyllis received honorary 
degrees from Temple University and Cedar 
Crest College and was made an honorary 
alumna of the Penn School of Nursing. She 
and her husband, Aaron '42, have four chil- 
dren and eight grandchildren. 

Mark Spilka has published Eijj/K Lessons 
in Love: A Domestic I 'iokmr Reader (University 
of Missouri Press). He suggests that domestic 
violence is not about love as we understand it 
but about men's need to assert their command 
in a relationship. Mark is the I.J. Kapstein 
Professor emeritus of English at Brown. 


Twenty class members and guests attended 
our annual mini-reunion cocktail parry on 
the terrace of the Brown Faculty Club on 
May 23. On June 10 several classmates were 
among i ,200 people on the Green for a roast 
of President Vartan Gregorian. Rita Casio witz 
Michaelson, trustee emerita, was emcee for 
the fun-filled event, at which several local 
dignitanes honored Brown's departing presi- 
dent. - Mary E. Holburn 

C. James Colville Jr. retired from 
Smith Barney on June 2S, 199(3, after more 
than thirty years in the securities brokerage 
business. "Jean and I are yo-yos," he writes. 
"We shuttle back and forth between Sanford, 
Maine, and Lakeland, Fla." James can be 

Whether bow-tied or necktied, the men 
from the class of 1947 looked awfully smart 
carrying their reunion banner through the 
Van WIckle Gates. 

reached at 7 Lenox St., Sanford 04073. 

Arthur Urrows has been named director 
of development of Boys Town of New York, 
a division of Father Flanagan's Boys Town of 
Nebraska. Pnor to joining Boys Town, Arthur 
was development director for Congregation 
Rodeph Sholom in New York. 


George Norton was named the 1997 Cah- 
fornia Family Lawyer of the Year by the 
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. 
He was cited for helping establish California's 
guidelines for child and spousal support, 
teaching at Stanford Law School and continu- 
ing education seminars, writing articles, and 
developing computer programs for family 
lawyers. George is now practicing half time. 
He spends the rest of his time on computer- 
program development, education, and travel. 
He and his wife, Adele, plan to move to Palm 
Springs, Calif, early next year. 


Reunion activities chair Ed Barry wntes: 
"We had a marvelous weekend, not at all 
diminished by Sunday's rainy weather. We've 
already started planning the soth, so please 
plan to attend." 

■ 4Sth reunion attendees included: 
Dwight Ambach. Ruth Amess Anderson, Priscilla 
Wilder Andre. Gilbert Bach. Patricia Wandelt 
Barrow. Mark Batchelder. Laura Martin Bell, 


jA*"'- '.*^' <?.-*.- 

Joan Fuller Berginann, Lester Berkelhanier, Ger- 
ald Berkelhamnier. Davies Bisset. Lucy Laventhol 
Brody. Judith Brown. Jacqueline Vestal By^vaters. 
Marshall Cannell.John Carpenter. James Chron- 
ley. Dorothy Finklestein Cleinman, Arthur Col- 
lard, Sally Hill Cooper. Arthur Dandeneau. John 
Danforth, Robert Day. Adele Lenhardt DiBiasio, 
Thomas Dimeo. Burton Downey. Asoong Len 
Elliott, Rogers Elliott. Margaret O'Malley Farrell. 
Mary Foxhall, Joseph Friedman. Donald Gale. 
Wini Blacher Galkln. Carolyn Capwell Gammell, 
Norma Silvemail Gates. Robert Gaynor. Donald 
Giddon. Frederick Gifford, Kathleen Urch Glea- 
son. Russell Gower, John Grainger. Julia Potts 
Grehan. Barbara Kirk Hail, Robert Harrington, 
Beverly Calderwood Hart, Patricia MacBride 
Hendrickson. Shirley Severance Holmes. John 
Hutchinson. Marjean Armitage Ingalls, Margaret 
Jacoby. Thelma Goldberg Kantorowitz-Shaffer. 
Patricia Condon Kearney. Samuel Keavy, Esta 
Strong Komstein, Frederic Kramer, Conrad 
Kronholm. June Foster LeMay. James Lennon, 
Annette Barabash Leyden, David Lubrano, Eunice 
Bugbee Manchester. Robert Mann. Robert 
Marsello, John McGeever, Robert McKinley, 
Joseph McOsker, Norma Barclay MeroUa. James 
Muller. Edward Munves, Marshall Narva, David 
Nichols, John Norberg, Ralph Orcutt, Raymond 
Perkins. F. Phillips. Russell Preble. Louise 
Michaud Quynn.Jack Ringer. Elena Rocchio. 
William Rogers. Francis Sargent. Eugene Scanlon. 
Edw^ard Segall. Elizabeth Kissane Shequine, 
Alexander Simpson, Nancy Goerger Smith, 
Donald Stehle, Richard Stock\vell, Phyllis Eldridge 
Suber, Carolyn Quinn Tew^. Eugene Tortolani, 
Donald Waggoner, Robert Warren, Janis Cohen 
Weissman, Dorothy Williams Wells, Gloria Wright 
Werner. Irvin Wexler, Etta Franklin Wilson. anJ 
William Winsor 

Thomas R. Gildersleeve has published 
History, Afi hifcrpH'tive Oven'icw (HEP PubH- 
cations), a story of Western, Islamic, Indian, 
Chinese, Russian, and Latni American civi- 
lization. Thomas has spent his career in data 
processing, mostly in training and manage- 
ment positions. 

REMEMBER THIS: While delivering Campbell 
University's graduation address, Charles 
Colson '53 said he couldn't remember a 
word of what he'd been told at his own 
graduation from Brown. According to the 
Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer-Times, Colson 
told the graduating Camels to remember 
only one word from his speech: duty. 



Save tile- dates tor our 4Stli reutuon. May 22-25. 
Come back to Brown for educational ofFer- 
ings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spint. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, conimcmorate, and participate! 
David Kramer, New York City, is 
counsel to the law finn of Sapir t*^' Frumkni 

What would a reunion be without hats? Sporting describes these models from the class of 1952. 

with otFices in White Plains, N.Y., and New 
York City. Dave concentrates in labor rela- 
tions law. 

Joseph L. Tauro, Marblehead, Mass., 
was awarded an honorary doctor of laws 
degree by Boston University on May 18. He 
has served as judge of the U.S. District Court 
since 1972 and was named chief judge in Jan- 
uary 1992. A Brown trustee, Joe has served 
for many years as a trustee of both the Chil- 
dren's Hospital Medical Center in Boston and 
Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a mem- 
ber of the Judicial Conference of the United 
States and an adjunct professor at the Boston 
University School of Law. 

Ralph Zalusky (seeJefFrey M. 
Zalusky '81). 

drawing. She can be reached at Box 994, 
Ketchum, Idaho 83340; 
Mattis I. Fern (see Jacqueline S. Fern 




Aaron Shatkin. Riverside, R.I., is semi- 
retired after thirty-five years of general dental 
practice. A past president of the Providence 
District Dental Society, the Rhode Island 
Dental Association, and the Rhode Island 
Society of Dentistry for Children, he is also 
editor of the Rhode Island dental journal. 
Aaron was elected to the Amencan College 
of Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. 
He has resumed playing saxophone and clar- 
inet with swing and concert bands in the area. 

Marjorie Jones Stenberg writes: "The 
ni.ijonr\' of our classmates are retiring, but 
Sid Richman and 1 are both in new positions 
with the new V.A. Hospital Medical Center 
111 West Palm Beach, Fla. " Maijone and her 
husband. Carl '53, can be reached at 1070 
Sugar Sands Blvd., Singer Island, Fla. 33404. 



Three years ago Audrie Brown Cudahy 

moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, where she has 
been living on and oft" since 1972. She is 
involved with the Sun Valley Summer Sym- 
phony, which IS composed of artists from 
major symphony orchestras around the coun- 
try. Last year about 12,000 people attended 
the concerts. Aside from skiing and hiking, 
Audrie spends many hours oil-painting and 

Co-chairs Susan Sauer and Bob Go£f report: 
"A smashing time was had by all at our gala 
40th. Heartfelt thanks to Paula DeBlois 
RUE '89 of the alumni relations office; we 
couldn't have done it without you, Paula." 

■ 40th reunion attendees included: 
Patricia Checchia Abbatomarco. Philip Abbato- 
inarco. Mark Abramowitz, Barbara Cliarlton 
Adams. Olga Ferreira Alfonso, Ralph Anderson. 
Paul Andrews, Edward Artinian, Richard Barker. 
Arthur Bartlett, Mariette Perron Bedard, Nancy 
Brookover Beil, Mar\'a Dates Belt. Ardell Kabalkin 
Borodach, Barbara Bomgesser Breer. William 
Bride. Marshall Campbell, Rosemarj' Carroll. 
Anthony Casimir, John Chandler. Oliver Chap- 
pell. Richard Clark, Carol Werlock Cobb. John 
Conner. Ruth Schuiz Cottrell. Edwin Cowen, 
Patricia Kelley Cunningham. Stephen Cutler, 
George Delaney, Sandra Sundquist Durtee, Karl 
Eckel, Marilvn Tarasiewicz Erickson. Gail Femald, 

62 • s n i> T E M 1) E I! / o (; I o B 1; li 1997 

J. Fialco, Marcia Taylor Fowie, Scott Garrett, 
Robert Gersky, Joseph Gerstein, Robert Goff. 
Peter Gold. Irene Gouveia, Mary Griscom. James 
Harmon. William Hayes. Walter Helgeland. Carol 
Wosak Hill, Robert Hitt. Linda Perkins Howard, 
William Hudson. Robert Hummerstone, Martin 
Imm. Elfreda Senning Johnson, John Just, 
Da\-id Kaplan, John Keith. Mark Kessler, Marie 
O'Donahoe Kirn. Honor West Kitchell. Lillian 
Berberian Klanian.Jane Goldshine Kolber, Mary 
Medsger Lalos, Roberta Abedon Levin. David 
Le\vis.John Lyden, Matthew Maloney. Alan Mar- 
cus, Janet O'Callaghan Mariani.John Marshall. 
Richard McClear, Roberta Walker McColl, James 
McCurrach, John McDaniels, Janet Rowden 
Mergenthaler, A. Merkin, Ruth Brenner Merkin. 
Richard Mertens, Burnley Miles. Richard Miller, 
Robert Minnerly, Doris Finke Minsker, George 
Mont. Robert Norman, Victor O'Bryan, Edward 
O'Dell, Paul Oppenheimer. Cyrille Bloom 
Pokras, Allen Powning, George Quint. Barbara 
Davies Ramsdell, William Rhodes, William Rivelli. 
George Rollinson. Robert Saltonstall. Philip Sar- 
genti. Donald Saunders. Robert Schiffer. Alesandra 
Schmidt, Seth Shattuck, Joan Aaronson Silver- 
man. Joseph Simeone. Robert Sw^eeney. Barbara 
Sears Tessmer. Charlotte Lowney Tomas. Janet 
Telia Toomey. Priscilla Brew^ster Uhl, William 
Van Loan. Stanford Vincent, Susan Hubbard 
Vojta. Robert Waldman. Joyce Williams Warren, 
Jane Albertson Weingarten. Bruce Yeutter, and 
Jerold Zieselman. 



Save the dates for our 40th reunion. May 22-25. 
Come back to Brown for educational offer- 
ings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spint. 
Watch your mail this tall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 


Marta Longo Erochesky writes: "I have 
been niamed to Ennque tor the last thirty- 
four years, and we have three children and 
ri.vo grandchildren. 1 am still active in com- 
munity work, and I feel as young as when I 
was at Pembroke." Marta is trying to locate 
Rugmani Menon and can be reached at 
Juncal iSyy y-A, 1 1 16 Buenos Aires, Argentina: 

Caryl-Ann Miller (see Andrew L. 
Feldman 86). 

Lois Wolpert Graboys does art therapy 
for cancer patients at Women and Infants 
Hospital in Providence. She retired as founder 
and head of Volunteer Services for Animals 
six years ago. (This note was sent in by Caryl- 
Ann Miller.) 


Cliff Ehrlich. Bethesda. Md., retired from 
Marriott International on March 2S. He was 
senior vice president of human resources for 
nineteen of his twenty-four years with Mar- 
riott and was nationally known for adopting a 
wide range of programs to help welfare recip- 
ients make the transition to work. Since August 

I9y6 CHff has served as chair of Alexus Inter- 
national, a Washington, D.C.-area company 
that uses technology to streamline employee 

Virginia Perrotti Foley celebrated the 
I2_sth anniversary of the Diocese of Providence 
in Rome with the Festival Chorus of Rhode 
Island last February. "The group performed 
tor the Pope at the Vatican," she writes. 
"There were five concerts and free time for 
shopping and sightseeing in Florence, Naples, 
Pompeii, the Sistine Chapel, and ancient 
ruins. It was a wonderful trip, with the best 
part the private audience with the Pope. My 
daughters are busy with their careers, and I 
am busy with volunteer work and classes, 
especially in history at the Providence College 
School of Continuing Education. I have an 
adorable, playful kitten. His name is Netop, 
the Narragansett Indian word for friend." 
Virginia can be reached at i High Services 
Ave.. #308, North Providence 02911; (401) 


of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry '58 won this 
year's Tony award tor Best Play. He snared 
a Pulitzer prize for an earlier play. Driving 
Miss Daisy, and an Oscar for Its big-screen 

Ron Formisano, Gainesville, Fla., has 
published The Great Lobster War (University 
of Massachusetts Press). It describes the Maine 
lobster industry, its 1957 strike, and the subse- 
quent trial and controversy. He is a professor 
of history at the University of Florida and 
spends his summers on Chebaugue Island in 
Maine's Casco Bay. 

Ed Sheridan wntes: "I would like to get 
in touch with John Howard, my fraternity 
brother in Zeta Psi." In 1996 Ed and his wife, 
Diana, left their jobs in Eugene, Ore., and 
relocated to Bainbridge Island, Wash., lured 
by cedar trees and blue herons. Ed continues 
his work as a management consultant and does 
storytelling in local schools. Ed and Diana can 
be reached at 9702 Sands Ave., N.E., Bainbndge 
Island 981 10; 


David Curry retired trom the University of 
Iowa m June. He worked in the university 
library system for twenty-five years and was 
head of the Hardin Library for the Health 
Sciences. Active in the national medical 
hbrary profession, David was recently presi- 
dent of the Association of Academic Health 
Sciences Libranes. He will use his new free- 

dom to enjoy his grandson, read, practice 
yoga, and learn ItaUan. He plans to spend the 
fall of 1998 in Rome with his wife. Donna, 
who will teach art in a program sponsored by 
Iowa State University. David can be reached 
at 1333 
Bristol Dr., Iowa City 52245. 

Forrest Broman lives in London and 
Tel Aviv and runs a consulting tlnii in inter- 
national education. He has published The 
International Educator, directs the International 
Schools Training Institute, and is helping 
develop a new school for a group of oil com- 
panies in Venezuela. He is also an associate 
professor at Boston University's School of 
Education, where he coordinates a new doc- 
toral program in international school leader- 
ship. He would love to hear from classmates 
at tl:>; 102-A Popes Ln., S. 
Ealing, U.K. 

Robert Finkel finished a three-year term 
as president of his medical group, Toledo 
Chnic Inc. "I miss knowing all that's going 
on," he wntes, "but not the meetings. The 
highlight was negotiating an atTiHation agree- 
ment with PhyCor ot Nashville." Robert can 
be reached at 4544 Brookside Rd., Toledo, 
Ohio 43''ii5. 

Robert W. Schniid married Elizabeth 
on Oct. 15, 1995, and moved to Pittstown, 
N.J. Aron, the youngest of Robert's four sons, 
has finished his sophomore year at Carnegie 
Mellon University. Robert can be reached at 
312 Sidney Rd., Pittstown 0S867. 


More than 100 classmates returned to campus 
to celebrate the 35th reunion. We started off 
at Chapin House, our class headquarters, on 
Friday. The welcoming reception gave us 
time to become reacquainted with one another 
and guests. The "yearbook" in our registration 
packets was a compilation ot class members' 
news .md views. Many thanks to Dee Wilkoc 
Patton for her artwork. 

Friday evening began with a supper buffet 
at the Faculty Club. From there, classmates 
walked to the Green for Campus Dance. 

On Saturday we started at the Commence- 
ment forums, then returned to the Faculty 
Club for the class photograph in the Cornell 
Courtyard and a butTet lunch in the Huttner 
Room. Class president Len Charney led the 
class meeting, which included a time ot silence 
and prayer for our deceased classmates. Then 
It was off to the forums and to prepare for the 
gala in the Narragansett Ballroom of the Westin 
Hotel. The evening began with a cocktail 
reception, followed by dinner and dancing to 
the music of Art Love '57. A few classmates 
attended the Pops Concert on the Green Sat- 
urd.iy evening. 

Sunday brought the Hour With the Presi- 
dent and the all-class memorial service. We 
also had time to walk up Brown Street and 
remember our freshman days in King House. 
At 12:30 we arrived at the Squantum Club 


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Quite a tew hardy souls stayed on tor the 
spectacular Monday-mornmg march. About 
three dozen otus passed through the Van 
Wickle Gates, gendemen dotUng their hats 
and women thankful that the myth of the 
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an exciting expenence to march down the 
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m 35th reunion attendees included: 
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an Outstanding Woman-Owned Business 
Enterprise by the U.S. Department of Trans- 

Raymond Merson continues to teach 
history at Framingham State College and lives 
in Brookline, Mass. He reports, "I'm happy 
my son and daughter-in-law are living so 
close — now I can visit them more often." 


EDUCATION reformer: The efforts of Ann 
S. Coles '63 to increase college attendance 
among low-income young people earned 
her a profile in the March College Board 
News. Coles, a senior vice president at the 
Education Resources Institute in Boston, 
provides free information about colleges 
and universities to high school students 
around the country. 



Save the dates for our 35th reunion. May 22-25. 
Come back to Brown tor educational offer- 
ings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spint. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

Judy Brick Freedmon spends half the 
year on her family tarm, Charlotte Valley 
Farms, in upstate New York and the other 
half in New York City. She continues to 
travel to hidia every other year and to teach 
yoga. Last year she rode her Pasofmo stallion 
Pincel to win the national high point award 
in his class. Judy can be reached at HCR #1, 
Box 45, Charlotteville, N.Y. 12036. 

Joseph Fisler was named 1997 Citizen 
of the Year by the Greater Pascack Valley 
Chamber of Commerce on May 8 for his 
volunteer activities on behalf of the young 
people of Pascack Valley. Joseph is superin- 
tendent of the Westwood (NJ.) Regional 
School District and a past president of the 
Rotary Club of Westwood. He is active in 
the club's scholarship program and coordi- 
nates its annual Youth Leadership Awards 
program. For the past three years he has been 
co-chair of the Bergen County Academic 

Fil Lewitt. Kyoto, Japan, wntes: "Japan 
is a long way from Brown, and although 
there's a Brown club in Tokyo, Kyoto is a 
long way trom Tokyo (and a whole lot more 
beautifiil). My wife, Fukiko, is an indepen- 
dent travel agent, and I continue as a professor 
of English writing and literature at Kyoto 
Seika University, where my daughter Yuki, 
23, is a student in humanities. For a hobby. 1 
write satirical novels." Fil can be reached at 

Kamitakeya-cho 10-47, Takano, Sakyo-ku, 
|apan fio6: 

Norman C. Reynolds Jr. has ser\'ed 
tor more than thirty-one years in the Amiy 
National Guard. He is a colonel in the medical 
corps and surgeon for the 57th Field Artillery 
Brigade. He can be reached at 1555 E. Olive 
St., Milwaukee 5321 1. 

The Rev. Richard J. Simeone became 
rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Glou- 
cester, Mass., in February, after eighteen years 
at Trinity Episcopal Church in CoUinsville, 
Conn. His wife, the Rev. Lyn Brabeman 
(Smith "60) has just published her first book. 
Spnritihil Lfiiiom: Bihliuil 11 o»u'/;, Invvcrcnt 
Limiiliti'i: and Riglilcom Rage. All seven of their 
"Brady Bunch" are doing well, including 
Matthew '97 A.M., now with Info Nautics. 
Richard can be reached at 19 Gloucester 
Ave., Gloucester 01930: 


Beth Cakes Wood can be reached at S411 
Berkeley Rd., Santa Barbara, Calif 931 11; 


Robert A. MacDonnell. West Chester, Pa., 
has been elected a trustee of the Children's 
Hospital of Philadelphia and its affiliates, the 
Children's Hospital Foundation and the Phila- 
delphia Child Guidance Center. He is a partner 
with the law firm of Montgomery . McCraken, 
Walker & Rhoads. 

Robert A. Seiple, Federal Way. Wash., 
wiU step down as president of World Vision, 
U.S.. next June. He has led the Chnstian re- 
lief and development organization for eleven 
years. Under his leadership the number of 
people served has increased from 14 million 
to more than so million worldwide. 

W. Terrence Walsh, Atlanta, received 
the 1997 Distinguished Alumnus Award from 
Marist School in June for his professional lead- 
ership and conrmitment to civic affairs. A part- 
ner with the law firm Aston Sc Bird, he is a 
fomier president of the Atlanta Association. 

Anne Warner and eight fellow Chatter- 
tocks from the classes of '63, '64, and '65 
recently held a mini-reunion at the home of 
Claudia Nash Hurley in Westfield, Mass. 
The group was delighted to sing together, and 
was astonished at how good they sounded. Anne 
lives in Cambndge and works in the Back 
Bay as office manager for a small financial in- 
vestment f'inii. She recently became engaged 
to Robert Kinerk, a newspaper copy editor and 
children's-book wnter. Anne can be reached 
at 21 Grozier Rd.. Cambridge, Mass. 02138. 


The novel explores the hfe and career of an 
advertising writer who is suddenly forced to 
deal with some unresolved issues fi-om his past. 
David has been an advertising wnter for twenty 
years. His poetr)' and short t'iction have 
appeared in the h'orlh Allaiilic Rerieiu. and his 
play, Beaiinint; Wall i\1iitinaii, was produced 
in Los Angeles in 1993. 

Ina Dinerman Rosenthal-Urey writes: 
"I am happily retired in San Diego after ser\'- 
ing on the faculty of Wheaton College for 
many years. I remarried in 1983, moved to San 
Diego, and became a research fellow at the 
U.S. -Mexico Studies Center of UC San Diego 
until my retirement. 1 get back to Providence 
from time to time to visit my daughter Lisa, 
a special assistant to the Rhode Island attorney 
general, and my grandson Jared. 1 enjoy my 
five grandchildren, lead adult smdy groups, and 
travel with my husband, John." Ina can be 
reached at 3142 Mercer Ln., San Diego 92122. 

Frank Rycyk Jr.. Jefferson Cir>'. Mo., 
spoke at the Unitanan Universalist Fellowship 
of Jefferson City in July 1996. His talk. "The 
Man Who Talks With the Flowers." focused 
on George Washington Carver, a Missouri 
native who began many of his discoveries by 
"talking with flowers." 

Meg Emory Stackpole wntes: "Our 
daughter. Alison, has finished her junior year 
at Mt. Holyoke. Tom will be going to Williams 
in the fall. I'm wnting publicirv* materials for 
the Rye Free Reading Room and working in 
the children's room with Judy Kweskin 
Greenfield '56. My husband is at New York 
Medical College." Meg can be reached at 2 
Colby Ave., Rye, N.Y. 10580. 



Jeffris '66 isn't trying to rewrite history - 
he just wants to restore it. After donating 
$647,000 to the Fairlawn Mansion and 
Museum in Superior, Wisconsin, the former 
director of competitive analysis at Parker 
Pen was dubbed a "philanthropic angel" 
by the Milwaukee Journal. Jeffris was also 
profiled in the May 17 Superior Daily 
Telegram for helping preserve one of the 
state's landmark buildings. 


David Beckman. New York City, has pub- 
lished i'inh'i Pegasus (Golden Grove Books). 

Class President Paul Alexander thanks 
Paula DeBlois RUE '89 of the alumni rela- 
tions office for her expert advice in planning 
the 30th: "We weren't even rained out on 
Sunday, but were able to enjoy a great 
evening at the Gatehouse. We all look for- 
ward to an even better turnout for the 3Sth!" 

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TONY fever: James Naughton '67 won the 
Best Actor in a Musical award for his per- 
formance in Chicago last spring. He won 
the same Tony for City of Angels seven 
years ago. 

■ 30th reunion .attendees nicluded: 
Ellen Fuchs Abramson. Joseph Adams. Paul 
Alexander, Jean Ryan Allano. George Amiiger. 
Deana Astle.John Bagwell. William Barrett, 
Nancy Kennedy Bergeron. David Bojar, Richard 
BoUow. Neil Bromberg. Marvin Brookner. Fred- 
erick Bush. Barbara Landis Chase, David Chich- 
ester, Robert Clark, Ann Whitney Cleaves, 
Robert Cohen, Jonathan Cole, Barbara Saunders 
Conta, Wendy Cooper, John Crosby. Elaine 
Decker. Patricia Sutin Dowse. Mary Corcoran 
Erman. Lyle Fain. Harris Finberg. H. Finn. Alan 
Fishman. David Fowler. Gregory Fritz. Alan 
Furler. Alan Garber. Cheryl Adams Gherardini. 
Floyd Glenn. Elaine Gorham. Betty Wolf Green- 
berg. Samuel Halpert. Ellen Turner Harris. Janet 
Levin Hawk, Stephen Hazard, Mary Renn 
Heckscher. Jeffrey Heidt. Earl Holt. Linda Erik- 
son Houghton. Stanley Jaros. Susan Collins Ker- 
nis. Robert Kissam. Frank Krogh. Eric Kronstadt. 
Fraser Lang. Mark Lefko\vitz. Carol Lemlein. Mar- 
jorie Marks. Charles Mc Claskey, Richard Mein- 
ers, Philip Morse, Keith Mosher, M. Attwater 
Mosher, Phillip Mowry, Brian Murphy, Robert 
Nead, Eugene Newman, Robert O'Day, Thomas 
O'Keefe.Jane Latnson Peppard, Stephen Perl- 
man, Laurence Pizer, Robert Rice, David Riedel, 
John Robinson, Susan Hines Rohrbach, Leslie 
Brickner Roth, Robert Rubenstein, Joseph Ruma, 
Pamela Sargent Ryley, Elias Safdie, Susan Salms- 
Moss, Margaret Van de Graaf Shannon, Rula 
Patterson Shore, Judith Sockut Silverman, John 
Skonberg, Jane Golin Strom, Douglas Sweeny, 
Anne TiUinghast. Paula Allemang Turner. San- 
ford Ullman. James Van Blarcom. Carolyn 
Laughlin Vandam, Alan Vaskas. Ronald Verri. 
Mitchell Vigeveno. Neal Weinstock. Donald 
Weiss. Harold Wilder. David Wile. John William- 
son, .ind A. Wishon. 

Kate Dayton Carlisle is head of the early 
childhood education department at Trinidad 
State Junior College in Trinidad, Colo. She 
has five children - Eli (Princeton '97); Aaron 
(Princeton '99); Sarah, 16; Peter, 14; and 
Maya, 10 - and is raising Welsh-Arabian 
ponies. Kate can be reached at loi W. Indi- 
ana, Trinidad S1082. 

David N. Chichester and his wife, 
Linda Rose, moved from Baltimore to Colum- 
bus, Ohio, in early 1996. David is e.xecutive 
vice president/chief financial officer and 
director with Red Roof Inns Inc. "My three 
and a half years in health care were exciting," 
he writes, "but the opportunity to be second 
in command at Red Root Inns was enticing. 
On the home front, daughter Whitney grad- 
uated from C'olgate last year and landed a job 
with Brown Brothers Hamman & Co. m 
Boston. Daughter Cressa was married in May 
and graduated from the College of Notre 
Dame 111 Baltimore in July. She appears to be 
headed tor a career in health care. Linda Rose 
is pursuing home-building, piano, and tennis, 
and she is serving on the board ot the Buckeye 

Boys' Ranch. I am active with Brown's soc- 
cer program, the Sports Foundation, and the 
Alumni Association. Columbus is a wondertul 
place, and now fraternity brother Rick Smith 
and his family are in close proximitv'." L^avid 
can be reached at home (614) 529-0843, or 
work (614) 876-3403. 



It's time for our 3Qth! Let's celebrate reunion 
'98, May 22-25. Planning has begun. If you 
can help or have ideas, please call the alumni 
otTice at (401) 863-1947. — Margaret Frcncli 

lished Hallowed Ground: Redisanvring Our Spir- 
itual Roots (Insight Books). The book explores 
the ways interiaith groups have successfully 
tackled problems that have stymied legislators, 
police, and the judiciary. Stephen is the edi- 
torial-page editor of the Orange County 
(Calit.) edition ot the Los Aiigcles Times. He 
was co-author of a Pulitzer Prize- winning 
1994 editorial on the Northndge earthquakes. 

Helping carry the class banner is one of the 
great incentives to tag along as Mom and Dad 
do the reunion thing. 

Greg Donaldson gave the 1997 Scholar 
on Campus Lecture, "In Search of Language," 
on May 8 at New York City Technical Col- 
lege. Greg is an assistant professor of develop- 
mental skills at New York City Technical 
College and author of The Hip Reader and 
"Tlie I'ille": Cops and Kids in Urban America. 

William Griffith, New York City, was 
elected vice chair of the National Hospice 
Foundation. He is a partner in the New York 
Ciry law firm of Parker Duryee Rosoff& Haft. 



Charles G. Elliott, Salt Lake City, was 
named governor of the Utah chapter of the 
American College of Physicians in Apnl. He 
IS chief ot the pulmonary division and medi- 
cal director of respirator)' therapy at LDS 
Hospital m Salt Lake City. He is also a profes- 
sor of medicine at the University of Utah 
School of Medicine. 


Stephen Burgard. Irvine, Calif, has pub- 

Co-chairs Guy Buzzell and Chas Gross 
thank the committee for working so hard to 
plan an amazing reunion. Heartfelt thanks to 
honorary classmate Jane Stanford, wife of Don, 
tor once again lending her expertise and 
many special touches, especially to Saturday 
evening's lovely dinner at the Roger Williams 
Park Casino. We also appreciated the advice 
of Paula DeBlois RUE '89 of the alumni 
relations office. Everyone agreed it was tough 
to leave Brown on Monday morning, espe- 
cially after parricipating in President Gregorian 's 
historic final Commencement; the march 
down College Hill was bittersweet indeed. 
Our class extencls best wishes to Clare and 
Vartan Gregorian. Many thanks tor making our 


25tli even more memorable than we believed 

■ 25th reunion attendees included: 
Donald Abrams, Warren Avis. Daniel Babcock. 
Steve Bacon. John Barstow. Ward Beecher-Flad, 
Arlyn Bell. Emilie Benoit. George Beuchert. 
Polly Bijur. George Billings. Phillip Blackerby. 
Mark Blumenkranz. Elaine Boccuniini. Christine 
Bowman. Jean Braucher. Jill SchaefFer Broer, 
George Brothers, Thomas Bryson. Mark Buchly. 
Robyn Burns. William Bush. Barbara Butera. 
Bonnie Good Buzzell, Guy Buzzell. Richard 
Campagna, Robert Clyman, William Coakley. 
James Colby. William Conner>'. Tom Corcoran. 
Stephen Cowell. Charles Craig. David Critnmin. 
Oliver Cromwell. Daniel Cummings. Christine 
Curcio. Shaun Curran.John Delany. Gregory 
Doench. Joseph Doherty. Mark Donahue. Nancy 
Wang Dudgeon, Christopher Dunn. Gerald 
Eaton. Robert Enright. Ernest Evans. Jonathan 
Fauver, Meg Fidler. Kurt Franke. Wendy Freder- 
icks, Robert Freedtnan. Linda Casinghino Free- 
man. Thomas Furth.John Gaioni, Mark Gal- 
lagher, Andrew Geller, Sharon Stem Gerstman, 
Catherine Lubinski Gersztenkom, James Gibbs, 
Peter Gidw^itz. Stephen Glassman. Grant Golden. 
Rose Goldman. Barry Goldwasser, Sarah Goodin. 
Virginia Gordan Gordan, Walter Greenberg, 
Melissa Greenspan, Martha Greenw^ood. William 
Grickis. James Gronefeld. Charles Gross. Larry 
Hageman. Christopher Hardee, Bruce Hender- 
son. Phyllis Henrici. Judith Henshaw-Gray, 
Theodore Hirt, Andrew Howard, Andrea Cali 
Hughes. Nancy Jackson. Janet Buttolph Johnson, 
Richard Johnson. Susan Juvelier. Steven Kanig, 
Cheryl Kapec. Jonathan Kertzer. Julie King, Rob 
and Karen Kirby. William Koch. Russell Leslie. 
William Liddicoet. Joan Lipton. Deborah Lisker. 
Timothy Lister. Douglas Littlefield. Jill Grant 
Lovett, Philip Lu. Richard Lunnon, Kathleen Mac- 
Donell, Carol Goddard MacMillan. Paul Mad- 
dock. Justin Mahon. Robert Mair, Bruce Mann. 
Jeffrey Mausner, Anne Mazonson. David Mc 
Cay. James McArdle.Joan Mc Donald, Elizabeth 
Ellis McKinlay. Lucy Richardson Meadows. 
Linda Miller. Josef Mittlemann, Raymond Mori- 
yasu, Francis Mumighan. Patricia Myskow^ski, Jo 
Ann Neusner. John Nicklas, Richard Noonan. 
Glenn Nonnile. Craig Novak. Mark Olender. 
Susan Antonio Pacheco, Jeffrey Paine, Linda 
Papermaster. David Patterson. Dennis Percher. 
Michael Pema. Brooke Peterson. Charles Petty. 
Paul Pitel. Carl Plochman. Susan Simon Pome- 
roy. Nancy Pope, Robert Power. David Pratzon. 
Douglas Price. Robert Rabbino. Frederick Rad- 
way. Louis Reycroft, Beckman Rich. Robert 
Richard. Judy Harkness Richardson, William 
Roland. Paul Rosenberg, Steven Rothstein. Eileen 
Rudden. Coleman Sachs. Bonnie Saks. Mollie 
Sandock. Eric Scherzer, James Schmidt, R. 
Shepp. Moe Shore, Ashley Simpson. Paul Sisk, 
Richard Sisson. Nancy Sleator, Brian Smith. 
Linda Silverman Sobo. Gary Sockut, Robert 
Solomon, Joan Wemig Sorensen. Douglas Spiro. 
Donald Stanford. Bradley Strand, Wendy Stroth- 
man. Henry Swirsky. Edward Taft. David Tan- 
ner. John Thompson. Timothy Thurlow. Adolph 
Vezza, Roger Vogt, Susan Barnes Waldrop. 
DaWd Welch, Richard Whikehart, Nancy Weis- 
man Wilking, Leslie Winner. Sarah Lloyd Wolf. 
Constance Wolfe. Jerome Zeldis. Robert Zink. 
,ind Marcia Zucker. 

Roberta Horan Gibboney, Indianapolis, 
received a Ph.D. in higher education admin- 
istration, with a minor in philanthropic studies, 
troni Indiana University. Robyn is executive 
assistant to the dean at the Indiana University' 
School of Nursing. She and her husband. 
Ted, are- planning a trip to Europe this sum- 

mer. Ted IS an organist and has tAvo concerts 
planned. Joining them will be Robyn's 
mother and daughter, Nicki Kimble, who is 
graduating from Camiel High School and 
plans to attend Milikin University next year. 
Robyn and Ted also have two boys. Jack, 16, 
will compete as part of Team Indiana for the 
national Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling 
championships; and Allan, 13, attended the 
National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia this 

Dale Whittington has published Expert 
Aiii'ice for Policy Choice (Georgetown Univer- 
sit\' Press), with co-author Duncan MacRae 
[r. The book provides a new basis tor gradu- 
ate education in public pohcy analysis. Dale is 
a professor of environmental sciences, engi- 
neering, and city and regional planning at the 
University of North CaroHna, Chapel Hill. 



Save the dates for our 25th reunion. May 
22-25. Come back to Brown for educational 
ofFenngs, cultural events, and a chance to 
renew old acquaintances and re-energize your 
spirit. Watch your mail this fall for an invitation 
to celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

Steven A. Brody '74 M.M.S. was 
elected to the Rhode Island chapter of Phi 
Beta Kappa on May 8. 

Peter Hastings Falk, Madison, Conn., 
IS a founding director, president, and chief of 
research for the Institute for Art Research and 
Documentation, a fine-arts educational orga- 
nization in Norwalk, Conn. A graduate of 
RISD, Peter has been guest curator at a num- 
ber ot art museums and has authored numer- 
ous reference books, including ]]'lio ll'.i.* IITio 
ill Amcricim An. 

David L. Milam, North Canton, Ohio, 
has been named senior development speciahst 
in Timken Co.'s Technology Center in 
North Canton. 

Ann Marie Harkins Plunkett received 
her Ph.D. in history from the University of 
Virginia and is teaching at Piedmont Virginia 
Community College. Her oldest son, Steve, 
IS a teacher; David "96 is with Teach for 
America m the New Orleans area, and Tony 
will start at Brown this fall in the class of 
2001. Ann Marie lives in Charlottesville, Va., 
with her husband, Mike, and daughters Anna, 
15, and Clare, 6. They can be reached at C1S2 
Evergreen Ave., Charlottesville, Va. 22902. 


Carren Perelman Oler started her own law 
fimi, Oler & Landau, in Bethesda, Md.. 111 
[uly 1996. Carren, who has practiced family 
law for sixteen years, was named one of the 
forty best family-law attorneys in the Wash- 
ington, D.C., area by (I rt.s/ii/njfcvi Magazine in 
October 1995. She is currently chair of the 
board at Florence Cnttendon Services of 
Creater Washington, ,1 nonprofit organization 

that does outreach and intervention with at- 
risk girls and young women. "My children 
are grown," she wntes. "Ehsa is a securities 
lawyer in Chicago, Jonathan is in his second 
year ot graduate study at the University of 
Connecticut, and Abraham is in his senior 
year at Penn." Carren would enjoy hearing 
from classmates at 7272 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 
300, Bethesda 20814; (301) 941-1970; 

Alan M. Stall has left Columbia after 
seven years as a professor to become vice pres- 
ident of research inmiunocytometry at Phar- 
Mingen. a major immunolog\' research com- 
pany in La JoUa, Calif "Although 1 will miss 
Broadway and the twenty-four-hour frenetic 
activity of New York City," he writes, "my 
apartment on the ocean will help ease the 
transition." Alan can be reached at 940 Sealane 
Dr., #5, Encinitas, Calif 92024; astaU@pharm 

Ann S. Waterman's company, AS- 
Waternian Publications Consultants, is doing 
well after three years of operation. The com- 
pany writes and produces literature for major 
corporations and assists individuals in publish- 
ing their own work. Ann lives in Seekonk, 
Mass. She would Hke to hear from friends at 

David H. Schulson is an assistant state 
attorney in the Broward County State Attor- 
ney's office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He hves 
in Coral Spnngs, Fla., with his wife, Sheree, 
and daughters Loree, 10, Jaimee, 10, and 
Molly, 3. 


Vincent Browne and his wife. Matrice, 
announce the birth of Jordon Vincent. He 
joins sister Kara, i. Vince has started his own 
marketing consulting business. Enhanced 
Marketing Inc. The fimily lives in Silver 
Springs, Md. 


Steven Guamaccia, Montclair. N.J.. has 
published Hi-Fi 's ami Hi-Bails: Tlic Golden A(ic 
of the Aiiiericait Baclielor. with co-author Robert 
Sloan. A sequel to A Stiff Driiili and a Close 
Sliai'e, the book is illustrated with artifacts and 
commercial relics from the Beat era and ear- 
lier. It offers a glimpse into the evolution of 
the modem man-about-town. 

Barbara Hirsch Harrison. Mount 
Kisco, N.Y., IS a treelanco direct-mail copy- 
writer with such clients as the Haivard Health 
Letter and Consnnier Reports. Her work appears 
in World's Greatest Direct .Mail Sales Letters. 
She was recently recognized for her fund-rais- 
ing efforts on behalf of the Chappaqua (N.Y) 
School Foundation. "Now you know whom 
to thank for the junk mail filling your mail- 
box!" she writes. "Daughters Emily, 16, and 
Debbie, 14, were wise enough to inherit the 
music gene from their tatlier, Dan '73. The 

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Astrology for smart people 

Anyone coming to Caroline Casey for advice 
on which horse to bet in the Preakness or 
how to play the stock market will be disap- 
pointed. But those seeking insight into them- 
selves will be captivated - and often enlight- 
ened. Of the two-plus hours this professional 
astrologer spends discussing a chart during a 
typical session, she devotes the majority to 
telling clients who they are, not what they will 
become. She delves into the workings of 
one's mind: capacities for curiosity, empathy, 
discipline, intuition, or creativity, for example, 
or an appreciation for beauty and utility. 

What's more, Casey pays fastidious atten- 
tion to nuance and language. In her office is a 
copy of the Oxford English Dictionary, as well 
as an ancient Webster's. Clearly, she takes 
words seriously. Also literature. In the course 
of a reading, she may quote William Blake, 
William Butler Yeats, and Carl Jung. She'll 
reinterpret the myth of the phoenix, refer to 
new archaeological evidence of an ancient 
matriarchal society, and poke fun at herself. 

Casey began studying astrology in high 

school. At Brown in the early 1970s, she dove 
into Buddhism, semiotics, comparative litera- 
ture - anything that fed her curiosity about 
the psyche and its relation to the cosmos. 
Today she earns her keep reading charts in 
person and over the phone. But she has 
branched into theatrical venues as well. She 
hosts "The Visionary Activist Show," a weekly 
radio call-in program on KPFA in Berkeley, 
California. (The show's motto is Believe Noth- 
ing; Entertain Possibilities.) Based in Maryland, 
she travels around the world to lecture and 
lead equinox celebrations that suggest Paula 
Poundstone's gravelly stand-up as much 
as Joseph Campbell's grasp of myth. "We are 
gathered here today to cast off winter sludge," 
begins one of her equinox riffs. 

Next year, Casey will publish her first 
book, which had its genesis fifteen years ago, 
when she read the astrological chart for Kim- 
berly Witherspoon '84. "You're going to have 
a job that involves helping other women get 
published," she told Witherspoon. 

"What do you mean? Like an editor?" 


"A publisher?" 


Today Witherspoon is a fast-rising literary 

agent in New York City. Last year, when a 
publisher recommended an audiotape astrol- 
ogy series to her, Witherspoon found the 
astrologer was Caroline Casey. She tracked 
down her personal Nostradamus and pro- 
posed a book, which will be published in 
February by Harmony Books, the Random 
House division that publishes Deepak 
Chopra's New Age best-sellers. Whether or 
not Casey will make the best-seller list, 
though, is something the astrologer is not yet 
able to predict. - Charlotte Bruce Harvey '78 

musical Harrisons perfonn in regional bands 
and orchestras on the oboe, English horn, 
and clarinet. I pLiy the audience." 

David A. Peters, Concord, Mass., has 
joined HDR Engineering Inc. as a senior 
project manager in the company's Boston 
office. David has more than twenty years of 
experience in project and construction man- 
agement on major infrastructure and building 
projects throughout the Northeast. 


JefFCanin writes: "After nearly twenty years 
in the San Francisco Bay Area, we moved to 
Seattle in lyyj. I am managing director of 
Dam Bosworth's investment-banking group. 
My wife, Suzanne, and I are expecting our 
first child in Ncweniber." Jeff can be reached at 
9604 I nth Ave. NE, Kirkland, Wash. 98033. 
Susan L. Einbinder has been an associ- 
ate professor ot medieval Hebrew literature at 

the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati tor 
four years. She would like to hear from old 
fnends at 954 Ellison Ave., #1, Cincinnati 

Nilene R. Evans was named counsel to 
Mornson & Foerster in the New York office 
and will continue to concentrate on corporate 
finance transactions on a part-time basis. She 
IS married to Arnie Chase (Columbia '61), 
and her son, Benjamin, is 9. On June 7 Nilene 
celebrated her loth anniversary and was bat 
mitzvahed. She can be reached at 59 Hamp- 
shire Rd., Washington Twp., N.J. 07675; 
(201) 444-0160. 

Peter G. Gosselin and his wife. Robin 
Toner, New York (!ity, announce the births of 
son Jacob and daughter Nora on April 9. They 
are the grandchildren of Robert Gosselin 
'41. Peter is a national econonucs correspon- 
dent for the Boston Globe. Robin is a national 
news correspondent with the New York Times. 

Harry Haskell and his wife, Ellen Cordes, 
announce the birth of Lucy Linnea on May 4. 

Last year Harry published Tiic Altcntii'c Lis- 
tener (Princeton University Press), an anthology 
of three centuries of music criticism. An edi- 
tor for Yale University Press, he actjuires books 
on the perfomung arts, classics, and archaeol- 
ogy. Ellen is a librarian at Yale. Write them at 
15 Union St., Guilford, C'onn. 06437; han-y. 

Philip W. Kantofr'79 M.D. has pub- 
lished ProsftUe Camcr: A Family Consultation 
(Houghton Mifflin) with Malcolm McConnell. 
The book offers advice on the diagnosis and 
treatment of what is now the most common 
cancer afflicting men. Philip is director of 
genitourinary oncology at the Dana-Farber 
Chancer Institute and Harvard medical school. 

John Reasoner Jr. "So M.D. is the med- 
ical chief of staff at Evans Army Communit)- 
Hospital in Colorado Spnngs, Colo. He served 
as head U.S. physician for the 1995 Pan- 
American games in Buenos Aires and contin- 
ues to work with the Olympic Training Cen- 
ter as a volunteer. In May .iiui |une he helped 



modernize the military medical system iii the 
United Arab Emirates. John can be reached at 
625 Maroonglen Court, Colorado Springs 

Randy Wingate and his wife, Tanya, 
announce tiie arrival of twins David Aaron 
and Michael Philip on May 20. They join 
Jenna, 2. 


Our 20th was outstanding! Saturday morning's 
Commencement torum on Boomer Babies, 
dedicated to the memoiy of our classmate 
Betsy Lehman, brought us together in new 
and meaningtul ways; we're grateful to Judith 
Owens-Stively and reunion activities chair 
Ann Galligan for organizing the panel. Judith 
also participated in the panel, which included 
infant psychologist Susan Dickstein, Ph.D.; 
Rosalind M. Vaz, M.D., specialist in adoles- 
cent medicine; and David Pearson, M.D., 
adolescent psychiatrist. Special thanks to Paula 
DeBlois RUE '89 of the alumni relations 
office for her help with planning and logistics. 
On to the 2Sth! 

Aaron Brandes and Cindy Krug (Bran- 
deis '79) are the happy and busy parents of 
liana Chaya Brandes-Krug, bom on March 1 3 . 
They can be reached at 10 Warehani St., Med- 
ford, Mass. 02155. 

Virginia New Richards and her hus- 
band, Robert '78, have lived m Melbourne, 
Australia, since 1 991. Jenny graduated from 
New York University School of Law in 1986 
and was an associate at a law finn in Manhat- 
tan before moving to Melbourne. Rob has 
been with Standard & Poor's ratings services 
since 1985 and now handles corporate credit 
ratings throughout Asia and Australia. 

Henry Schulson recendy became exec- 
utive director ot the Creative Discovery 
Museum in Chattanooga, Tenn. He lives in 
Chattanooga with his wife, Rachel, and their 
children, Michael, 7, and Leah, 5. He can 
be reached at 321 Chestnut St., Chattanooga 
37402; (423) 756-2738. (Henry's brother 
David '74 sent this note.) 

Martin SinkofT, Dallas, has worked m 
the wine industry for twenty years. He owns 
a Dallas-based business that specializes in 
importing wines from France, including brands 
from Languedoc-Roussillon, Champagne, 
and Bordeaux. 



Save the dates for our 20th reunion. May 22- 
25. Come back to Brown for educational 
offerings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acc]uaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

Katharine Ventres Canipelli vvntes: "1 
am looking forward to our 20th reunion in 
1998 - not that I am fully reconciled to the 
passage of time. My husband and I juggle his 

Twenty years already? In May It was the members of the class of 1977 who found themselves 
asking this perennial and bewildering question. 

entrepreneurism and my ladder-climbing 
with GATX Coi-p. m Chicago, where I am 
developing a new venture in supply-chain 
management for the chemical industry. I am 
commuting weekly from home 111 Jackson- 
ville, Fla., to Chicago. It forces real disciphne 
- I'm avoiding working weekends and trying 
to get the best of both climates." 

Cynthia Katz has published her fourth 
novel, ll'lint MiUlns Most (Onyx Books), with 
co-author Victoria Skumick under the pseudo- 
nym Cynthia Victor. Cynthia lives in Con- 
necticut with her husband and two children. 

Peter Kovacs is managing editor of 
news at the Tiincs-Pkayum' in New Orleans. 
He lives in Metairie, La., with his wife, Ruth, 
and sons Jamie, 8, and Joey, 7. 

Alan Sherman, EUicott City, Md., is a 
computer science professor at the University 
of Mainland, Baltimore County. A chess 
enthusiast, he put together one of the 
country's top collegiate chess teams and 
brought world champion Garry Kasparov to 
play the UMBC team m May. 

Rabbi Shira Stem has been named East 
Coast regional director at MAZON, a Jewish 
nonprofit hunger-prevention organization. 
Shira previously served as rabbi of Monroe 
Township Jewish Center, a Reform congre- 
gation 111 Spotswood, NJ., tlir thirteen years. 


Fred Baumgarten is program coordinator 
of the Important Bird Areas program of the 
National Audubon Society in Pennsylvania. 
On May 10 he organized a team of the state's 
top birders and conservationists to participate 
in a birdathon. 

Kenneth R. Heilbrunn has been named 
vice president ot medical atlairs for Hepati.x 
Inc., a biotechnology firm m La Jolla, Cahf 
"The company is developing what promises 
to be the first artificial liver," he writes. Ken 
lives in San Diego with his wife, Wynne, and 
his children, Nikki and Jake. 

John Sasko gi-aduated cum laude from 
Temple law school in May. John and life 
partner William Waitzman (Parsons School of 
Design '80) celebrated their fourteenth anniver- 
sary in ApnI. After the July bar exam they 
planned to return to Brooklyn, where John 
will look for work in public interest law or 
nonprofit management. 


Diana E. Davis and Nicholas D.G. Williams 
were married on May 1 7 at the Royal Geo- 
graphical Society 111 London. Several alumni 

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attended the ceremony, including Diana's 
cousin Sara Safer '93. Diana and Nicholas 
can be reached at 

Steve James, his wife, Maria, and son 
Matthew have moved from the San Francisco 
B,iy Area to Del Mar, Calif. Steve is vice 
president of business development at ISIS 
Phamiaceuticals in Carlsbad. While in the Bay 
Area, Steve saw a lot of David Breskin "So 
and his wife, Isabel Thompson, an art history 
Ph.D. candidate. Steve and Maria are expect- 
ing their second child and can be reached at 

Marcia T. Kovner, Acton, Mass., has 
completed her law degree at New England 
School of Law in Boston. Her husband, 
Steven '80 Sc.M., is a software engineer at 
Paragon Imaging in Woburn, Mass. Their 
daughter, Yvette Danielle, turned 16 in June 
and finished her sophomore year at Acton- 
Boxborough Regional High School. 

Howard Schrader and his wife, Nancy 
Gutman. Scarborough, N.Y., announce the 
birth of their first child, Hannah Ariel, on 
Feb. 13. 

Katharine F. Wellman and her husband, 
Douglas Wells, hve 111 Seattle with their black 
lab, Tristen, and their daughter, Amelia Hope 
Pingree Wells, 16 months. Trina is a marine 
resource economist and does contract research 
work at the Battelle Memorial Institute. Her 
recent projects include an assessment of the 
economic value of windsurfing, fishing, and 
birdwatching in Corpus Christi, Tex., and an 
analysis of the costs and benefits of the Clean 
Water Act for oyster growers in Willapa Bay, 
Wash. Doug is involved in North Pacific crab 
and salmon fisheries and runs a brokerage 
business in Seattle. Trina pines for New Eng- 
land but has found some Brown buddies in 
Seattle, including Alden Garrett "77. 



'81, a reporter tor the New York Times, 
won a Sigma Delta Chi award for public 
service from the Society of Professional 
Journalists in April for a series he wrote on 
Gulf War Syndrome. 


Nina Greeley was in graduate school at 
UCLA from 1984 to 1992 and is A.B.D. in 
English literature, specializing in the Renais- 
sance. In 1993 she moved back to San Fran- 
cisco and is now at UC Hastings College of 
Law. "I spht my time between San Francisco 
and Davis," she writes. "Significant others: 
Joe (a lawyer, but not in the pejorative sense) 
and his two children, David and Rachel; rwo 
border collies; and four cats." Nina can be 

reached at 2655 Polk St., #404. San Francisco 

Claire McLeveighn-Thompson is 
director of intergoveminental aifairs for Fulton 
County, Ga. She works in Atlanta and plays 
the viola in the Cobb Symphony Orchestra. 
Claire is married and has two sons: Trevor, 8, 
and Rohan, 6. She can be reached at 4205 
Parnell Rd., Manetta, Ga. 30062. 

Anthony P. Randazzo III has moved 
from Queens, N.Y., to Livingston, NJ., to 
practice anesthesiology and critical-care 
medicine at St. Barnabas Medical Center. "I 
still have rock-and-roll fantasies," he writes. 
Anthony can be reached at 364 W. 19th St., 
#ia. New York Ciry looii. 

JefTrey M. Zalusky and his wife, 
Katharine J. Wheaton, announce the birth 
of Simone Rebecca on March 17. She joins 
twin brothers Joshua and Benjamin, 11, and 
Gregory, 71/2. Aunt Beth Zalusky Finkel- 
stein "83 and grandfather Ralph Zalusky '53 
are pleased. Jeff and Kathanne can be reached 
at 1220S Canterfield Ter., Gemiantown, Md. 
20876; (301) 540-0781; 


We knew we could do it. The class of 1982 
broke the attendance record for all previous 
15th reunions, bringing together nearly 300 
classmates, fnends, and family for an outstand- 
ing weekend of reminiscence, re-acquaintance, 
and revelry. For those who were unable to 
join us, highlights included the always spec- 
tacular Campus Dance on Friday evening, after 
our lovely welcoming reception; Saturday's 
beautiful, sun-splashed Alumni Field Day; a 
walking tour of Providence's finest historical 
treasures and its stunning new developments; 
and dinner at one of the city's hottest new 
restaurants, complete with breathtaking nver 
and skyline views. Dunng the ne.xt five years, 
we'll keep in touch so that our 20th is attended 
by even more of us! - Eric Moscahlaidis 

Margaret Jacobs and her husband, 
Steven Learner, announce the birth of Molly. 
Peggy is director of marketing for an advertis- 
ing agency. She can be reached at 4 W. 22nd 
St., New York Cir\' looio. 

Michael Macrone, San Francisco, has 
published a new book, Ninighly Sluikespeare, a 
collection of the bard's most lascivious lines, 
offensive oaths, and poHtically incorrect 
notions. Michael can be reached at macrone 

Paul Miller and Susan Katz Miller '83 
announce the birth of Benjamin on March 13. 
Ainiee, 3, is bilingual in Portuguese after three 
years in Recife, Brazil, where Paul represents 
Catholic Relief Services. Sue continues to 
write and has had two travel stories on Brazil 
pubHshed in the New York Times. They plan 
to move back to the Baltimore- Washington 
area this fall. They can be reached at 102667. 
323 i(SJ, 

Deborah Mills-Scofield and John 
Scofield announce the birth of Joshua Joseph 

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22—25. Come back to Brown for educational 
offerings, culmral events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

Keith R. Ablow has published his first 
novel, Denial (Pantheon Books). It tells the 
story of a Massachusetts forensic psychiatrist's 
personal and professional struggles. Keith 
writes a health column for the Washington 
Post Magazine and does medical wnting for 
Lifetime Television. His previous books 
include Tlie Strange Case of Dr. Kappler: Tlie 
Doctor H'7/n Became a Killer, which was re- 
viewed in the March lyys BAM. 

Emily Lance Averbook and her hus- 
band, Allen, had their third child. Dana, in 
April. She joins Carey, 6. and Alex, 4. They 
enjoy Hving in Pepper Pike, Ohio, where 
Erruly continues to practice radiology and 
AUen is a vascular surgeon. 

Emmitt Carlton has left the National 
Association of Attorneys General to become 
senior consultant and counsel at Issue Dy- 
namics Inc. in Washington, D.C. He can be 
reached at ecarltoii(a! 

William Cunningham and Patricia 
Rogers Cunningham announce the birth 
ot Dylan Charles on Apnl 15. He joins big 
brother Evan, 4'/:. Bill is a senior portfoho 
manager with Neuberger & Berman, and 
Patty is on leave from the law finii ot Brown 
& Wood. They can be reached at 1 1 Parson's 
Walk. Danen, Conn. 06820. 

Melanie Daniels-Ford has written 
Another Clhvuc. a gospel musical drama, whicli 
opened June 21 at the Samuel Beckett The- 
atre in New York City. 

Jacqueline S. Fern and Michael Win- 
ston (Dartmouth '84) announce the birth of 
Benjamin Marc on May 22. Jacquehne and 
Michael are dennatologists in New York City 
and Long Island. Mattis I. Fern '55 is the 
proud grandfather, and Steven A. Fern '86 
is an uncle. 

Rafael Katz is in Portland. Oreg., paint- 
ing and illustrating, among other things. 
He can be reached at rrkatz(2!teleport.coni; 

David W. Laychak writes: "After earn- 
ing an M.B.A. at Syracuse, I have spent the 
last four years with U.S. Anny Signal Com- 
mand in Fort Huachuca, Anz. Laurie (Rich- 
mond '84); Zachary, 5; Jennifer, 2: and I love 
the mountain climate and lifesr\-le. The area 
also allows me to indulge in my new hobby - 
rodeo clowning." David can be reached at 
2249 Piccadilly Dr., Sierra Vista. Ariz. 85635. 

David Shorr writes: "I no longer wonder 
why It takes so long for people to get around 
to announcing die birth of their children. Sadie 
Elizabeth Bender Shorr was born on Mav 30, 

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To many alumni returning for reunions, dancing to "Twist and Shout" during Campus Dance 
is not as easy as it was when the Beatles had a hit with it. 

1996, to Susan Bender and me. I am currently 
at Refugees International, a humanitarian 
advocacy group in Washington." David can 
be reached at benshorr(S)gwis2. 
Daniel Swartz writes: "The past several 
months have been exciting for Roya and me. 
We attended an October mini-reunion on 
Martha's Vineyard; I received national press 
coverage for my National Rehgious Partner- 
ship for the Environment event in February: 
we bought our tirst house; Roya completed 
two-thirds of her M.S.W.; my first children's 
book, Bitn anil Bam: A Shabbat Tale (Kar-Ben 
Books), has been selling well; and, best of all, 
the adoption process has been moving along." 
Daniel can be reached at (301) 891-3250; 


Andrea Hirschfeld Unterberger and her 

husband. Bob (Tufts '84). Wilmington, Del., 
announce the birth of David Harris on June 
12. Andrea graduated magna cum laude from 
Widener University law school and will clerk 
for the chancellor of the Delaware court of 
chancery next fall. 

Andy Nelson became an orthopedic sur- 
geon at Boston University and is now com- 
pleting four years of scholarship payback with 
the U.S. Navy 111 Charleston, S.C. He and his 
wife, Susan, and children Lmdsey and Toby 
planned to come back to Providence in 
August so Andy could complete an additional 
year of training in hand surgery at Rhode 
Island Hospital. 

The artist known as jecca was part of 
"The Artist's Garden" at the Mills Galleiy, 
Boston Center for the Arts. The exhibit ran 
from May 2 to June 29. 

Ward D. Hewins, Boston, was named a 
partner ot Eckert, Seamans, Cherin &.' Mellott 
in May. A corporate and conmiercial law spe- 
cialist, he joined the finn's corporate depart- 
ment in 1993 as an associate. Ward is a member 
of the American, Massachusetts, and Rhode 
Island Bar Associations. 

Jeflf Nikora and his wife, Janice Butler 
Nikora '85, announce the birth of their first 
child, Jason Frederick, on May 2. The family 
lives in Mahbu and would love to hear from 
fnends at (310) 457-8347; jetf^nikora(2) foothill 

Dana Kinstler married James Earl 
Standefer Jr. (Gnnnell '88, M.Div./M.S.W. 
Union Theological Seminary, Columbia Uni- 
versity) on June 9, 1996, in the field behind 
her mother's farmhouse in Bridgewater, 
Conn. Many alunmi attended the ceremony. 
After years in publishing in New York City, 
Dana moved to Burlington, Vt., in August. 
Jim is a first-year medical student at the Uni- 
versity of Vennont. Dana is in the M.F.A. 
progi'am at Bennington College and is doing 
book publicity for the University Press of 
New England in Hanover. N.H. She can be 
reached at 141 Mansfield Ave.. Burlington 

Daniel Wheeler writes: "After ten years 
splitting my time as an artist and as registrar 
for the Douglas S. Cramer Foundation in Los 
Angeles, I have resigned to work tiill time in 
my studio. Last year I exhibited a large instal- 
lation at the Anzona State University Art 
Museum and participated in numerous group 
shows in the Midwest and Southwest." 
Daniel hves in Los Angeles with his wife, 
Maggie, and their daughter, Juno, i';. He can 
be reached at dwheel(2! 

Zeke Zuraw writes: "My wife. Chris- 
tine, and 1 are vei-v busy since the birth ot our 

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second daughter, Paige, on April 22. Monica 
turned 2 in March and is thrilled to be a big 
sister. With the AT&T spUt-off, I transitioned 
to Lucent Technologies, where I am a man- 
ager in the business development area for voice 
signal processing equipment. My primar\- 
focus is network equipment for wnreless-service 
providers. I began an M.B.A. program at 
Wharton in May." Mike can be reached at; 5 Scott Dr.. Morgan- 
ville, N.J. 07751. 


David B. Coe has published Cluliireii of 
Aiihirid (Tor Books), a debut novel that com- 
bines traditional fantasy with science fiction. 
David has a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Stan- 
ford. He lives in Sewanee, Tenn., with his 
wife and daughter. 

Concilia Ha and her husband, Isamettin 
Aral, announce the birth of Caitlin Ann Aral 
on March 25. She joins big brother Chnstian 
Andrew, i'-.. Conelha completed her neuro- 
radiologv' training in June and has started 
working part-time in a pnvate office in New 
York City. Isamettin is chief of radiation 
oncology at Brooklyn Veterans Hospital. 
They can be reached at 77 Walnut Rd., Glen 
Cove, New York 11542; (516) 759-7.S9S; 

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A VOICE FOR (our) MONEY: Fortune is a 
magazine about big-time moolah, but 
senior editor Bob Safian '85 also wants 
some pennies to fall on the rest of us. He 
edited the May 12 special report on man- 
aging personal finances in a time of market 
volatility. Safian, who is married to Mary 
Duffy Safian '85, has two young sons who 
are, no doubt, increasing his personal 
Interest in the subject. 

John Hoar writes: "After thirteen years 
in Providence, I finally escaped and returned 
to Cahfomia in 1994. 1 have just graduated 
from UC Hastings College of Law in San 
Francisco and will take the California bar e.xam. 
Assuming I pass, I will join McCutchen, 
Doyle. Brown & Enersen in San Francisco as 
a litigation associate in October." John can be 
reached at 625 Shrader St., #2, San Francisco 
941 17: 

Audrey Laganas mamed David C. 
Jenkins (Suffolk '74) on July 14 in Arlington, 
Mass. Lisa Foderaro, Dana Elfin, and Lisa 
Stansky '84 were in attendance. Audrey is a 
reporter and producer at New England Cable 
News in Boston, where she specializes in 
political reporting. David is a partner at the 

law firm of Dwyer and Jenkins in Boston, 
where he represents labor unions. The couple 
honeymooned in Egypt and live in Arlington 
with D.ivid's son, David. 

Chris Scales, his wife, Susan (WiUiam & 
Mar^' '8S), and son Matthew have returned to 
New England. Chns is the new production 
manager at HD Baumann, a manufacturer of 
industrial control v.ilves in Portsmouth, N.H. 
Over Memonal Day weekend, the Scaleses 
joined Jim Brown, Ted Johnson, Susan 
Paul Johnson, and the Johnson's two 
daughters, Maggie and Bridget, for a week at 
the beach in North Carolina. Chris can be 
reached at 7 Cragmere Heights Rd., Exeter, 
N.H. 03833; (603) 77S-9033. 

Felice Miller Soifer (Mt. Sinai Medicine 
'89) and Todd Soiter (Mt. Sinai Medicine 
'89) announce the birth of Blossom Lee on 
Dec. 14. She joins sisters Marci, 3, and 
Stephanie, i'/. The family hves in Lawrence, 
N.Y.; (516) 371-5680. 


Deborah Semel Bingham hves in New- 
York City with her husband, George (Dart- 
mouth '87), and son Jasper, I'/i. They are 
expecting their second child in December. 
Deborah works part-time as vice president for 
communications at Pierre Frey, a Paris-based 
manufacturer of home-tiirnishing fabrics. She 
often sees fomier roommates Amy Tapper 
Israel and Katie King Bramley and would 
love to hear from classmates at 40 West 86th 
St., New York City 10024. 

Andrew L. Feldman 91 M.D. began a 
National Institutes of Health Fellowship in 
surgical oncology in Bethesda. Md., July i. 
Andrew's mother is Caryl-Ann Miller (who 
sent m this note): his grandmother is Beat- 
rice W. Miller '35. 

Steve Gable married Sundee Eager m 
October. Many alumni attended the cere- 
mony. Steve and Sundee recently moved to 
Philadelphia, where Sundee is starting her 
medical residency at Thomas Jefferson Medi- 
cal Center. They can be reached at sgable@ 

David A. Genovese is a portfolio man- 
ager with Colliers ABR Inc. Real Estate in 
New York City. His wife, Camilla Herrera, is 
a freelance writer in Stamford, Conn., where 
they recently purchased a house. Their son, 
Carlo, is 2. David can be reached at 11 Hazel- 
wood Ln., Stamford, Conn. 06905; (203) 
968-893 5; genovese_herrera@worldnet., 

Paul G. Park and Laurie Pearlman 
Park '84 announce the birth ofjennifer 
Mines Park on April 23. She joins Robert, 2. 
Paul IS a foreign currency trader for Mellon 
Bank in Pittsburgh, and Laune is an attorney 
taking time off to stay home with the kids. 
They can be reached at 470 Clair Dr., Upper 
St. Clair, Pa. 15241; (412) 854-4224; pfenway 

Jorge F. Roca wntes: "StiU working 
with my shnmp and bananas, also starting a 

new consumer/installment credit division for 
the family business. Playing polo for a year 
now; no broken bones yet." Jorge and his viafe, 
Luli. have two sons, Jorge Mateo, 3, and 
Diego, I. They can be reached at P.O. Box 
01 01 0157, Cuenca, Ecuador; 

Peter Vaughn writes: "Marv' Anne and 
I are on our fourth year in London and still 
really enjoy it." Mary Anne is director of 
marketing for Richmond College, and Peter 
is doing product development for American 
Express. They would love to see old friends 
who find themselves in London. They can be 
reached at 12 Flanchford Rd., London W12 
9ND, U.K.: peter.a.vaughn@aexp.coiTi. 

Daphne Williams has finished her first 
year in the master's program m art education 
at Teachers College, Columbia. In the fall she 
begins her student teaching. Daphne can be 
reached at 61 Rock Rd., Englewood Cliffs, 
NJ. 07632; (201) 567-7198; dawi7@colum 


Thanks to all who contnbuted to making our 
loth reunion weekend a smashing success! 
We had a superb turnout of 413 registered 
classmates. The Field Day/barbecue was a great 
way to catch up with old friends in a relaxed, 
casual environment. It was decided that we 
are aging gracefully and doing our best to 
provide a superior applicant pool for the 
classes of 2013 and up. Of those who couldn't 
make the trip to Camp Bruno, congratula- 
tions to Julie Miner and Meghan Burke 
Abowd, who had their first child within two 
weeks of reunion! 

Class officers for the next five years are 
co-presidents Lisa Baker and Trinita Brown: 
secretars' Pam Gerrol: treasurer Matt Siro- 
vich; program chair Diana Reeves Tejada: 
and annual fund chairs Bruce Gardner and 
Jill Schlesinger. We will communicate 
through annual mailings, but please send news 
to Pam at 44 Lothrop St., Newton, Mass. 
02160, (617) 630-0740, or to the BAM, Box 
1854, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 

While we had a sogg)' Sunday, skies of 
blue presided over the procession on Mon- 
day. Those who stayed for the march through 
the Van Wickle Gates exhibited plenty ot 
Brown spint. We were in the good company 
of many foniier professors and even of Provi- 
dence mayor Buddy Cianci. Thanks again to 
everyone for making it a special weekend. 
While you are thinking of it, mark Memorial 
Day 2002 for the 15th. - Pttiiichi Gerrol 

John Durand. his wife. Kate Hanley 
Durand. and daughters Laura, 4, and Aubrey, 
2, moved to the Seattle area m August. They 
sold their house in Cranston, R.I., and 
bought a house on Bainbndge Island, Wash. 
"We love hving in the Pacific Northwest and 
enjoy the ferry commute to our jobs in Seat- 
de," John writes. "I'm working for a software 
start-up named Design Intelligence, and Kate 


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Celebrate the new tradition of 
Homecoming at Brown 


4:00 pm 

Carnival and picnic. Sponsored by the 

Undergraduate Council of Students 

7:00 pm 

Women's Basketball vs Northeastern. 

Women's Volleyball vs. Central 

Hall of Fame Dinner honoring 1997 
inductees into Brown's Hall of Fame. Hosted 
by the Brown University Sports Foundation. 

9:00 pm 

Funk Nite. Sponsored by the Undergradu- 
ate Council of Students 


9:00 am 

Brown in Public Ser\'ice, a student- 
alumni community service project to be 
announced. Sponsored by Rhode Island 
Brown Club, the Swearer Center for Public 
Service, and the Association of Class Officers 

9:30 am 

Brown University Sailing Association /Brown 

Yacht Club Alumni Sailing Regatta 

11:00 am 

Pre-game alumni class tailgating 

Special Mini-reunion of the Class of 1997 

Special tailgates for Greek Council and 
the Class of 1998 

12 noon 

Women's Field Hockey vs. Harvard 

12:30 pm 

Varsit)' Football vs. Harvard 

3:30 pm 

Post-game alumni class tailgating 

4:00 pm 

Mens sarin in corpore sano 
Brown honors its Olympians 
Panel discussion and reception 

6:00 pm 

Men's Soccer vs. Harvard 

9:00 pm 

Reception and Dance for Alumni, 
Parents, Students and Friends of Brown 
Sponsored by the Brown Key Society 


1:00 pm 

Junior Varsity' Football vs. Harvard 

Women's Soccer vs. Harvard 

■ All times, locations, and speakers subject to 
change. For further information, call 401 863-1947, 
or check our website at http//: w' 
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ATTT\/tkTT ^^^^ gateway to Homecoming 

Hall of Fame Honorees 

Suzanne L. Bailey '91 

(Women's Lacrosse and Soccer) 
Charles C. Chester '88 

(Men's Swimming and Diving) 
Lars H. Enstrom '86 (Water Polo) 
Tracy Goldstein Shemano '87 

Christopher T. Harvey '90 

(Men's Ice Hockey) 
Peter M. Loomis '88 (Men's Track & 

Mircea A. Morariu '90 (Men's Tennis) 
Darren M. Muller '86 

(Men's Lacrosse) 
William H. Perry '88 (Football) 

Olympians Attending 

John R. Welchli '50 (Crew 1956) 
Donald F. Whiston '51 (Hockey 1952) 
Douglas Turner '54 (Crew 1956) 
Robert R. Gaudreau '66 

(Hockey 1968) 
Richard A. Dreissigacker '69 

(Crew 1972) 
James Miller '73 (Wrestling 1976) 
Zdravko Divjak '78 

(Swimming 1976) 
Michael Mastrullo '79 (Hockey 1984) 
Jonathan Smith '83 

(Crew 1984, 1988) 
Andrew Goldman '89 (Sailing 1988) 
Malcom Baker '91 (Crew 1992) 
Kristina Farrar Stookey '91 

(Sailing 1996) 
James Pedro '94 (Judo 1992, 1996) 
Chris Sahs '94 (Crew 1992) 
James Koven '95 (Crew 1992) 
Porter Collins '97 (Crew 1996) 
Susan Smith '93 (Track & Field 1996) 


is a researcher for the University of Washing- 
ton. Check out our Web page at http://" They can be reached at 
12404 Kallgren Rd. NE, Bainbridge Island 
981 10; (206) 842-3652; jrd(g!oz. net, kated@ 

Laura Sheppe Miller and Michael B. 
Miller have two Uttle girls. Emma, 3. and 
Alexandra, 1 'i. They enjoy London and plan 
to stay another three years. Mike is at Sullivan 
& Cromwell practicing U.S. htigation, U.S. 
antitrust, and E.C. competition law. Laura is 
practicing corporate finance part-time at 
Shearman & Sterhng. Contact them at 1 84 
Kensnigton Park Rd., London Wi i 2ER; 
011-44-171-243-1521; fax 011-44 171-792- 
3232;; or millenn@ 

Thomas C. Semple is in his tenth year 
at Shell and spent last year at the company's 
research site in Amsterdam. "Between experi- 
ments (and while some were running)," he 
writes, "I took my family to see the sights, 
including Italy, Spain, France, Austna. Ger- 
many, Belgium, and England. We have 
returned to Houston, where I'll continue my 
research on heterogeneous catalysts."' Thomas 
can be reached at 

Cynthia Miller Weiner and Michael 
Weiner 'SS. Owings Mills, Md.. announce 
the birth ofjulia Eve on Apnl 8. Cynthia is 
on materniry leave from her job as director of 
marketing for a direct-mail publishing fimi. 

Michael is completing his first year of an 
internal medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins 
Hospital. They can be reached at 

Jay Zaslow married Samantha Rai "91 
in October 1996. Jay, a family physician, is on 
the cHnical faculty of family and community 
medicine at UC San Francisco. Samantha 
graduated from medical school in May and is 
a resident in family practice. They can be 
reached at 21 81 Blucher Valley Rd., Sebastopol, 
Cahf 95472; (707) 829-7880; 



Save the dates for our loth reunion. May 
22-25. Come back to Brown for educational 
offerings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

Karima Bennoune writes: "I attended 
the Fourth World Conference on Women in 
Beijing and served as legal adviser to the tri- 
bunal on global accountability for violations 
of women's human rights, organized by the 
Center for Women's Global Leadership. I am 
now a legal adviser for Amnesty International 
in London, where I have been for two years. 
Highlights have included a nussion to Afghan- 
istan and representing Amnesty in meetings 

at the United Nations in Geneva and New 
York. I just pubhshed a paper, 'A Practice 
Which Debases Everyone Involved: Corporal 
Punishment Under International Law,' in the 
twentieth-anniversary book of the Association 
for the Prevention of Torture based in 
Geneva." Kanma would love to hear from 
triends at Amnesty International, i Easton St., 
London WCiX 8DJ, U.K. "Please wnte 
'personal' on the envelopes or they end up 
getting opened and cc'ed before I know it." 

Robert Byrnes marned Dawn Ebert- 
Byrnes (Hai-vard '92) on April 14. "Love was 
sudden, if delayed," Robert writes. "We met 
four years ago, without romantic event, when 
she was an intern in the Massachusetts State 
House and I was Governor William Weld's 
speechwriter. In February 1997, a torrid e- 
mail correspondence commenced while she 
was working at the Museum of Fine Arts in 
Boston and I was going to Stanford law school. 
She arrived in Cahfomia for a visit on a 
Thursday. We were married the following 
Monday in Las Vegas." Robert can be reached 
at rcbyrnes@!lelaiid. 

Richard Flathers and Joanne Creamer 
Flathers announce the birth of Matthew 
Richard on Jan. 28. Fnends can reach them at 
3 Overlook Dr., Southboro, Mass. 01772: 
(50S) 485-4345. 

Doug Greenburg and Jan Crawford 
Greenburg (University of Alabama '87) 



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recent business trip to Silicon Valley." Ken 
can be reached at P.O. Bo.x 541, New York 
City loijy; 

Club Web 

Networking on the Internet 

The Internet is hardly an exclusive 
club; some experts believe it's 
growing by as many as 100,000 
people a day. But thanks to David 
Ronick and Lee Newman, every 
Brown graduate is eligible to join 
one of the first equivalents of a country club 
on the World Wide Web. To sign onto you must be a gradu- 
ate of one of the fifteen most prestigious 
schools in the country - the Ivies, Duke, 
Stanford, MIT, Chicago, Berkeley, Michigan, 
or Northwestern. "We get dozens of e-mails 
every day asking us, 'When are you going 
to add [other schools]?' But in order to make 
the concept work," Ronick explains, "we 
need to keep it limited in size." 

Ronick and Newman first met on the 
rugby field during their sophomore year at 
Brown. Ronick, an English concentrator, 
went on to get an M.B.A. from Harvard. 
Newman studied electrical engineering, got 
his master's from MIT, then went to work 
for McKinsey Associates. The contacts they 
made in graduate school and afterward 
began to pay off when Ronick and Newman 
met up at their fifth reunion and decided to 
go into business together. 

Inspired by on-line investment entrepre- 
neurs Tom Gardner '90 and Erik Rydholm 
'89 of Motley Fool ("A Fool and His Money," 
The Classes, November 1996), Newman and 
Ronick decided to form Brainstorm Inter- 
active, a new-media development company. 

announce the birth of Carolyn on March S. 
The Greenburgs live in Washington, D.C., 
where Doug is a lawyer and Jan is a reporter 
in the Washington bureau of the Chiaigo 

William A. Suarez 'yi M.D. has com- 
pleted his fellowship in pediatnc cardiology. 
He is now an assistant professor of pediatncs 
and pediatric cardiology at the Medical Col- 
lege of Ohio in Toledo. William and his wite. 

Ronick (left) and Newman. 

The two began sketching plans and project 
ideas and bouncing them off their friends. 
Then they noticed what they were actually 
doing - putting their contacts to work - and 
hit on the concept of selling personal and 
professional networking. 

"It was better than any of the ideas 
we'd come up with," Ronick says. "At Brown 
and elsewhere, we'd gained access to this 
pool of people who could help us get things 
done." Providing others with the same 
access through BranchOut, Ronick believes, 
will solve the question that plagues every 
start-up company on the Internet: "If we do 
this service, who's going to buy it?" 

For now, the site is free. Once you set 
up your own personal profile, the system 
allows you to find other people with similar 
interests - from favorite authors, to careers, 
to vacation destinations, to alma maters. 
"This is a lot different than getting an alumni 
directory and putting it on-line," Ronick says. 
"It's about finding natural affinity groups. 
As long as you have some sort of common 
ground, it's easier to break the ice." 
- Chad Colts 

Dee, celebrated their loth wedding anniver- 
sary this July in Perrysburg, Ohio, with their 
daughter, Amanda, 3. William can be reached 
at 13.S16 Eckel Junction Rd., Perrysburg 
4355 1 ; 

Ken Wong wntes: "C'atching up with 
former Brown fencing teammates Robin 
Lumsdaine >16, David Chaiken 'S6, and 
Curtis Hendrickson '92 over dinner in 
downtown P.ilo Alto was the highlight of a 


Heidi Wainman-Bluth and Lawrence S. 
Bluth announce the birth of Samantha Rachel 
on March 14. Big sister Natasha Phelps, 3';, is 
thrilled. Lawrence has completed his neurol- 
ogy residency at the Brigham and Women's 
Hospital in Boston and has a one-year neuro- 
physiology fellowship at the Lahey Clinic in 
Burlington, Mass. They can be reached at 175 
Freeman St., #820, Brookline, Mass. 02146. 

Mereides Delgado received an M.Div. 
degree from Princeton Theological Seminary 
on May ly. She will go on for her Ph.D. 

Sarah B. Dorsey has left private law 
practice to join the enforcement division of 
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 
"Because I am trying to keep up with the 
Providence tradition of living in cities with 
convicted felons as mayors," she wntes, "I have 
moved into the District of Columbia. Actu- 
ally, I moved to D.C. to share housing with 
my fiance, Paul Kollmer, an attorney with 
Comsat Corp." Sarah can be reached at igi8 
17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 200oy; (202) 

Roya Ghavami, a financial advisor at 
Prudential Securities, would love to hear from 
classmates at home (914) 234-0859 or work 
(800) 223-3367. 

David Grossman married Marine Gins- 
berg (Duke 'yi) on Aug. 10, 1996. More 
than a dozen classmates and alumni attended 
the ceremony, including groomsmen Eliot 
Ephraim, John Eustis. Mike Koppel, 
Tom Shapira. and Doug Suna: and bndes- 
maid Susan Blackman Tilson. David 
recendy joined Toronto Dominion Capital, a 
venture-capital group specializing in telecom- 
munications and media deals. Previously he 
was a consultant at A.T. Kearney. Marnie is a 
trust and estates attorney at Schulte, Roth & 
Zabel. They live in Manhattan and can be 
reached at 

Amy Litman Guiot, Pittsburgh, com- 
pleted her pediatnc residency at the Children's 
Hospital of Pittsburgh in June 1996. She then 
worked in private practice until she and her 
husband, Bruce Guiot '90, welcomed their 
first b.iby. Joseph Guiot, on Apnl 24. 

Janice A. Huwe married Bob Holm 
(Ohio Wesleyan '91, Ohio University College 
of Osteopathic Medicine '95) on June 15, 
1996, in Athens, Ohio. Kelley Myres Tracy, 
her husband. Brad, and their son, Benjamin, 
3, attended the wedding. "Kelley and Brad 
celebrated the birth of their daughter, Blair, on 
Christmas Eve," Janice writes. Janice is work- 
ing on her Ph.D. in neuroanatomy at Ohio 
University. Bob is an emergency-medicine 
resident at Doctors Hospital in Columbus. They 
can be reached at 475 E. Beaumont Rd., 
Columbus 43214; 

Daniel Israel and his wife, Molly (Notre 


Dame '90), announce the arrival of their first 
child, Matthew McMahon. Dan and Molly 
have recently moved to Bloomfield Hills. 
Mich., where Dan is practicing real estate 
finance and corporate law with Dawda. Mann. 
Mulcahy &• Sadler P.L.C. Dan can be reached 
at disraeKa' 

Sarah Israelii writes: "I moved to San 
Francisco in March. Finding a new job was a 
breeze in comparison with the extraordinary 
challenge of finding an apartment. I now live 
in Noe Valley within an easy commute from 
my job as on-line producer with Purple 
Moon, a multimedia developer making prod- 
ucts for girls ages 7-12." Sarah can be reached 
at sarahi(a; 

Debra Javeline received her Ph.D. in 
government from Harvard in June. She is now 

based in Washington, D.C., and conducts 
pubhc opinion poUs in the foniier Soviet Union 
for the U.S. Infomiation Agency. Friends 
can reach her at (202) 237-SS04: javehne@ 

Yuhki Nakamura King is an invest- 
ment analyst at GMO Woolley Ltd., a U.K. 
atTiliate of Grantham, Mayo &: Van Otterloo. 
"I never planned to stay in London for si.x 
years," she writes, "but it looks Hke I'll be 
here a while longer." She can be reached at 
10 Brittany House, Balmuir Gardens, London 
SW15 6NG: or 

David S. Merson completed acrive duty- 
with the U.S. Na\y's Judge Advocate Gen- 
eral's Corps in Newport, R.I., in April and 
has accepted a job with thejusrice department 

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in Boston. He has moved to Sharon, Mass., 
with his wife, Rebeka (U. Mass. '91), who 
has completed her comprehensive e.xams and 
will earn her Ph.D. in shark biology from the 
University of Rhode Island ne.xt May. David 
and Rebeka can be reached as of Nov. i at 
136 East St., Sharon 02067. 

Suzy Ort mamed Hynek Wichterle in 
May ill Prague. Suzy is a doctoral candidate 
in education at Teachers College, Columbia. 
Hynek is studying for a Ph.D. in neurobiol- 
ogy at Rockefeller University. "There were 
many alumni among the guests," Suzy writes, 
"including my brother Tommy Ort 'yo 
(r\vo7o67@is., who is studying for a 
Ph.D. in European history at NYU: Kristin 
Olson (, who has been 
living in Prague tor the past five years and has 
founded a Hterar^' agency there: Wendy 
Walker (, a lawyer m the 
reproductive rights division of the ACLU; 
Maggie Parker (, a 
doctoral candidate in French literature at 
NYU: Chaela Pastore (105362. i72@com- 
puser\" a doctoral student in European 
histor\' at UC Berkeley: Tim Allred (timo- 
thy,, a graduate student com- 
bining an M.B.A. with a master's in environ- 
mental studies at Yale; and Irene Shvakman 
(, a consul- 
tant for McKinsey Europe based in Prague." 
Suzy can be reached at 

James Williams has relocated to Wash- 
ington. D.C.. to work with the venture capi- 
tal group of Hamilton Securities, an invest- 
ment bank. He can be reached at home (202) 
393-1330: work (202) 496-6760; 420 7th St. 
NW. #720, Washington, D.C. 20004; jwi@ 

Matthew Yeo and Karen Spangler '87 
announce the birth of Simon Alexander Yeo 
on May 29. Matthew, Karen, and Simon live 
in Washington. D.C, and can be reached at 


Garrett Fitzgerald and his wife. Donna, were 
recently elected Worthy Patron and Worthy 
Matron of Tuscan Chapter #148. Bangor 
(Maine) Order of the Eastern Star. "Brunon- 
lan Star members are welcome to drop in on 
the fourth Wednesday," Garrett writes. They 
can be reached at 103 Kenduskeag Ave., #2, 
Bangor 04401: (207) 990-0359: 

Bruce A. Guiot. Pittsburgh, has been 
named vice president in the private bank at 
PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, where he has worked 
for six years. In his new position he will seive 
as portfolio manager in personal trust ser\'ices. 


Paul Browning received his Ph.D. 111 chein- 
istn- from the University of Chicago in March 
of [v<;6. "I decided I needed three more years 

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Society Songbird 

Making music to order 

New York magazine has called her "a kind of 
high-society singing telegram." Melissa Levis 
doesn't dispute the description. "I write 
songs," she explains brightly, "for Park 
Avenue swells." 

For a fee reported to be between $1 ,000 
and $2,000, Levis writes and performs origi- 
nal songs for special occasions, accompanying 
herself on guitar. One such occasion was the 
New York farewell party held May 14 at the 
Museum of Modern Art for outgoing Brown 
President Vartan Gregorian. Nearly 700 guests 

laughed and applaudei 
lines as these: 

evis warbled such 

Who would guess there'd come a man 
An Armenian from Tabriz, Iran, 
Exuberant, scholarly 
A teddy bear with a silver goatee. . . . 

Thank you, Vartan, you put your heart in 
Everything you do 

Thank you, Vartan, we're sad you're partin' 
Brown will miss you. 

Other recipients of Levis's ditties have 
included hotelier Jonathan Tisch, whom she 
serenaded at a birthday party aboard the QE2 
("In his white socks and Armani lapels/ He 
knows everyone's name at his fourteen hotels"), 
and an honor roll of New York socialites and 

Summers, Levis migrates with the Big 
Apple's bluebloods to the Hamptons, where 
she heads a Beach Boys soundalike band, 
Melissa and the Moguls, backed by a bunch of 
rocker-wannabe businessmen on vacation. 
Their 1996 CD, Ooh La La Hamptons, parodied 
local mores: "Here we know our social station/ 
By who gets a Nick & Toni's reservation." 

Levis began her musical career as a teen 
at Middlesex School in Massachusetts, where 

she wrote and produced a rock opera based 
on the Iliad and the Odyssey. She also enter- 
tained guests at her parents' Wilburton Inn in 
Manchester, Vermont. 

It was as a Brown student, however, that 
Levis launched her present career. Working 
on a summer archaeological dig on Corfu 
directed by Professor Martha Sharp Joukowsky 
'58, Levis was approached by Chancellor Art 
Joukowsky '55, who knew of her musical tal- 
ents. "He asked me to write a song for [Brown 
Fellow] Tony Ittleson ['60] when Tony visited 
the dig," Levis recalls. The result was a hit 
with the Corfu crowd. Back in Providence, 
Levis wrote songs for University corporation, 
athletic, and alumni events, performing them 
with her group, Bare Brown. 

Her connections and extroverted person- 
ality - aunt Wendy Wasserstein, the play- 
wright, described Levis to New York magazine 
as "lively and a lot of fun" - have given Levis 
a leg up in the singer-songwriter biz. But 
the upper class's need for novelty should also 
keep her services in demand: Levis's cus- 
tomized songs are perfect for that birthday 
guy or gal who already has everything. "What 
are [friends] going to get them?" she said to 
New York magazine of her wealthy clients. 
"Another cashmere sweater?" - Anne Diffiiy 

of education," he wrote last spring, "so I 
began law school last fall at Harvard. I've just 
finished my first year, and I'm off to Chicago 
to work for the summer and to he with my 
tiancee, Nancy Clements. Nancy and I will 
return to Boston in the fall, and she will begin 
a postdoctoral position in statistics at Brown." 
Paul can be reached at 24 Peabody Terrace, 
#613, Cambridge, Mass. 02138; (617) 354- 
5016; pbrowmnfojlaw. 

Clifford S. Cho mamed Karen Ann 
Cooper (Calvin College '93) on Apnl 2y at 
the Calvin College Chapel in Grand Rapids, 
Mich. Many Brown alumni attended the cer- 
emony. Graduates ot the Vanderbilt School of 
Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., Clifford and 
Karen began surgical residencies m general 
surgery and otolaryngology, respectively, at 
the University of Wisconsin in July. They can 
be reached at 122 Merlham Dr., Madison, 
Wis. 53705; chocs(a!ctrva.\. 

Jenifer Wicks married Fillippo Gavelli on 
Aug. 31, 1996, in Potomac, Md. Many alumni 
attended the ceremony. Jenifer is a second- 
year student at Georgetown law, where she re- 
cently received a GULC Public Service Award 
for her work as a member of the GULC 
Equal Justice Foundation, as a Public Interest 
Law Scholar, and as a law clerk for the juve- 
nile services program at the public defender 
service for the District of Columbia. Fillippo is 
wntmg his doctoral thesis in mechanical engi- 
neering at the University of Maryland. Jenifer 
can be reached at 

Jean Cheng Gorman and Michael Beau 
Goniian moved to California in May. Jean is 
doing an internship in pediatric psychology, 
and Beau is doing a family-practice residency. 
They welcome visits from friends and can he 
reached at 416 San Vincente Blvd., #109, 
Santa Monica, Calif 90402; (310) 319-1509. 

Anwar M. Klian graduated from Yale 
medical school in 1996 and is completing a 
residency m internal medicine at Yale-New 
Haven Hospital. He can be reached at akhan 

Arniand King writes: "I love school! 
After graduation, 1 went to Yale for my J.D., 
then got a Harvard M.B.A., and now I'm 
pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at Stanford." 
Annand can be reached at 

Cynthia Reed graduated from UCLA 
law school in May. In August she will clerk 
for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She 
can be reached at 1 16 Adelphi St., Brooklyn, 
N.Y. 11205. 

Elyse Spector married her childhood 
friend, Lewis Kalnians (Emory '91), on March 
15 111 Houston. Owen Lloyd Burak and 
Molly Shotwell were bridesmaids. Elyse and 
Lewis live in Houston, where Elyse is work- 
ing for the Minute Maid Co. They can be 


reached at (713) 669-9600; espector@coca- 


OBJECTION sustained: Florencia Lozano 
'91 plays Tea Delgado, a tough-as-nails 
attorney on One Life to Live. Florencia re- 
cently discussed her soap character in the 
Sunday Middlesex (Mass.) News: "She's 
unapologetic and very direct with what she 
wants. It's fun to play someone like that." 


Our 5th reunion was incredible! More than 
400 classmates and guests got together, catching 
up at Campus Dance, hanging out at Field 
Day, enjoying a new and improved down- 
town Providence, barely recognizing Tower 
E at the Grad Center, and hearing the glory 
of the Sayles Hall organ once again. Marching 
through the Van Wickle Gates on Monday's 
hot and sunny morning was fantastic, espe- 
cially since the last time we marched together 
it was 40 degrees and raining. Thanks to 
everyone who came back and to the reunion 
team who helped make the weekend a com- 
plete success: Shelly Berry, Shonica Tun- 
stall, Rebecca Bliss, Troy Centazzo, 
Joseph DiMiceli, Jason Kim, Abigail Rose, 
Emily Shapira. Gautam Bhattacharrya, 
David Brown, Melissa Culross. David 
Huber, Mike Huttner. James Jones, Drew 
Kim, Halley Wayne Lavenstein, Deborah 
List, Michele Lynch, Dan O'Connell, 
Bethany Shahinian Richman, Michael 
Richman, and David Wolff. Can't wait to 
see everyone at our loth! — Marc Harrison 

Patrick Allman married Taylor 
Maxwell on May 3 in Seatde. Several alumni 
attended the ceremony. Patrick is in sales for 
AT&T Wireless Services. He can be reached 
at (206) 310-1111; 

While a third-year law student at Ford- 
ham University, Kevin W. Brown was hon- 
ored with a President's Pro Bono Service 
Award from the New York State Bar Associ- 
ation for founding and leading a student-run 
organization to help attorneys in New York 
City with capital defense cases involving low- 
income people. Following graduation, Kevin 
became an assistant state attorney in Dade 
Counry, Fla. 

Ali.xe Callen niamed James Bailey 
(UNH 'S4) on July 13, 1996, during Hum- 
cane Bertha on Martha's Vineyard. Lots of 
Brown friend.s braved the stomi to cheer the 
couple on, including bridesmaids Michelle 
Lynn '93 and Holly Hanson '93. After the 
wedding, Alixe and James moved from Se- 
dona, Ariz., to the Boston area so Alixe could 

begin work on a doctoral degree in education 
administration and policy at Harvard. She 
can be reached at 126-B Squannacook Rd., 
Shirley, Mass. 01464; (508) 448-0691; callenal 
@hugse I. 

Kenny and Patricia Tung Gaw, Hong 
Kong, regret missing the 5th reunion. They 
hope to hear from friends at kgawpihl@ or 

Eric Home married 'Valy Steverlynck 
'93 at Valy's home in Argentina on April 20. 
Brown fnends who made it to the wedding 
included Heather MacKenzie-Childs '94, 
who flew 111 trom Pans, where she was finish- 
ing her second year of theater school. Lydia 
Maier '94 and Kathy Crichton '94 amved 
after more than two months in Peru, Bolivia, 
and Chile. Kathy lives in Seattle, where she 
teaches ESL to refugee women and works 
part-time at REI Sports. Lydia was in Minne- 
sota leading Outward Bound trips in the 
Boundary Waters over the summer. Miguel 
Sieh '93 IS back in Brazil after three years of 
consulting for Monitor in Boston. He still 
works tor that fmn and is enjoying Sao Paulo. 
Enc and Valy were in Cape Cod through 
June. Now they're in Boston, where Eric is 
pursuing his master's in education at Harvard. 
Valy finished her master's at the University 
of Wisconsin, Madison, in August 1996, and 
had a show at the Workspace Gallery in SoHo, 
New York Cit>', from June 12 to Aug. 18. 

Robert J. Karnes graduated from South- 
em Illinois University School of Medicine 
on May 17. He entered a urology residency at 
the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 
Rochester, Minn., in July. 

Mark Mancuso, Philadelphia, has re- 
turned trom a trek to India. Though he did 
not achieve total consciousness, he did have a 
great time. 

Stephen M. Miller hves in Brooklyn, 
N.Y., and is working as a photographer and 
pertomiing with the Improvoholics. He can 
be reached at 458 6th St., Brooklyn 1 1215; 



Save the dates for our sth reunion. May 22— 2S. 
Come back to Brown for educational offer- 
ings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spint. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

Tanya Fagaly writes: "In January- I saw 
Tori Breithaupt and Cameron Price in 
their new Seattle home. In Apnl I made a 
three-day tnp back to Brown and stayed with 
Kathy Lin '97 M.D. and Pearl Huang 
Kathy is in her Baylor residency, and Pearl is 
tinishmg up med school at Brown. I also saw 
Jini Han '97 M.D,, and Tasha Darbes 
arnved from New York to sec me. I am back 
at Washington University with others who've 
been here even longer, such as Melanie 
Leitner and Arielle Stanford." Tanya can 
be reached at 1240-t: Hawthorne PI., St. 

Louis, Mo. 631 17; tfagaly@artsci.wustl,edu, 

Richard Ha graduated from Indiana 
Universirv- School of Medicine on May 11 
and began his residency in plastic surgery at 
the University of Texas Southwestern Medi- 
cal Center in Dallas on June 19. His toniier 
roommate, Van Evanoff, finished his second 
year at Indiana University School of Medicine, 
Both would love to hear from classmates. Van 
can be reached at 815 Lockefield St., Apt. D., 
Indianapolis 46202; (317) 687-8561. Rich can 
be reached at 4650 Cole Ave., #312, Dallas 
7520.S; (214) 523-4769. 

Stephen T. Huston, Tulsa, Okla., re- 
ceived a master's ot divinity from Princeton 
Theological Seminary on May 19. Stephen 
will begin a clinical pastoral education resi- 
dency at Abington Memorial Hospital in 
Abington, Pa. 

Izuan Amir Isa '94 Sc.M. has married 
Eny Yusniza Yahya (Wh.arton '94). Izuan has 
been with SheU Co. of Malaysia since gradua- 
tion and is involved in oil and gas tacilities 
construction. Eny is a business development 
executive with MITCO. "We were recently 
paid a visit by Andy Wu, who was on a tour 
of southeast Asia with his M.B.A, classmates 
from Wharton. I keep in touch with Tengku 
Razmi Othman "94 Sc.M., who is mamed 
to Andrena Roslan (URI '93). He is an exec- 
utive director ot Cabaran Vista, a venture 
company building infonnation-technology 
infrastructure in public schools. Andrena is an 
executive with Southern Bank. Razmi can be 
reached at (603) 470-3700; razmi@pc.janng. 
my. We also meet regularly with Kamar- 
ulzaman Adbul Mutalip '94, who is mar- 
ned to Izura Ismail. Kaniarul is a community- 
service coordinator for Phileo Allied. Also in 
touch with us are Nordarzy Norhalim '94, 
a financial analyst with Phileo Allied; Abdul 
Halim Shamsudin '94, who is with an engi- 
neenng consultant company and is married, 
with one daughter; and Rizman Othman 
'95, '96 Sc.M., who IS with Magnus, an SAP 
systems consultancy." Isuan can be reached at 
40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. 

Tarez S. Sainra and her husband, Eric 
M. Graban, Marietta, Ohio, wnte: "No 
beach tor miles, nothing to distinguish our 
current home state except that it is very damp 
and fertile. " Tarez is an associate editor for 
Antique Publications in Marietta, and Eric is a 
chemist at a nianufactunng plant, Tarez is 
getting her master's in education, while Eric 
IS working on his master's in organic chem- 
istry. Eric and Tarez can be reached at 278-G 
Ridgewood Ct., Marietta, Ohio 45750; (614) 
376-028 1 ; 

Brad Simon graduated from UC Berke- 
ley School of Law m May. In March he 
attended the UNESCO-WIPO World 
Forum on the International Protection of 
Folklore in Phuket, Thailand. Recently Brad 
and Benjamin Bowler '95 were elected to 
the board of directors of BAY Positives. After 
the bar exam in July, Brad was planning to 
practice law 111 the technology pracfice group 
at Thelen, M.irnn. loiinson cV Bndges in San 

80 ♦ S K I> T E M B K R / C T C) B E 1* 19 97 

Francisco. He can be reached at 667 Castro 
St., San Francisco 94114; bssimon^ 
Christopher Street went back to Brazil 
after graduation and worked for General 
Motors as a svstenis/busmess analyst. He later 
joined Blockbuster Video Brasil as systems 
manager. He is currendy an associate at Booz. 
Allen & Hamilton in Sao Paulo. Chnstopher 
can be reached at Alameda Itu. 136 ap Si. 
lardim Paulista, Sao Paulo SP Brasil 01421- 



THE dresser: When she inherited $5,000 
from her great-grandfather, Nancy Lublin 
'93 at first "thought about paying some 
debts or maybe going on a vacation," she 
told the New York Daily News in April; 
"then I got to thinking." Instead she listened 
to her social conscience and founded Dress 
for Success New York (DSNY), which pro- 
vides free and flashy donated duds to 
low-income women looking for work, one 
suit for the job interview and a second to 
start the new job. 


Joseph Allen is engaged to his high school 
sweetheart. Amy Dinkins. They plan to 
marr\' next Apnl m Houston. Joseph and 
George Younis finished their third year at 
Southwestern University medical school. 
Joseph can he reached at (214) 520-3109; 
alien Joseph ( 

Stav Bimbaum is an account represen- 
tative in new media and a photo researcher at 
Corbis-Bettmann, one of the largest photo- 
graphic archives in the world. "Basically, they 
pay me to look at photogi'aphs all day," Stav 
writes. "1 moved into my own place on 90th 
and Broadway and had a great housewami- 
mg/birthday party in Februar\-. Brunonians 
who attended include Vik Agrawal. Mike 
Richards, Ted Saha. Hope Lovell. Jen- 
nifer Guberman, and Deepa Donde 9s. I 
am also in touch with Ira Rosenblatt, who 
has finished at (Georgetown law and has a job 
lined up in New Jersey. Florence Liu gradu- 
ated from B.C. law and has a job m Boston. 
Maya Donne has moved hack to New York 
Cir\- after living in Hong Kong and is now 
working at First Boston. Patrick O'Connell 
finished his second year at UNC Medical 
School. Adda Winkes is in her third year at 
Brown's medical school and has recently 
delivered her first baby. Anna RussakofT '9s 
IS back in New York after working Boston as 
a paralegal. She is attending NYU grad school 
in art history. Julia Sommer is in D.C. after 

living in India. She has moved into her own 
place and is working at Ashoka, an intemational 
company involved in education. Matt Meyers 
IS 111 n.t'., working for Teach tor America. 
Adam Taggart is in San Francisco and is 
attending business school. Minh Vo was fin- 
ishing Harvard extension in pre-med. She is 
not sure what she will be doing next year." 
Beheve it or not, Stav would love to hear from 
more Brown folks. He can be reached at 250 
W. 90th Street, New York City 10024; (212) 

Nirmal Chandraratna finished his first 
year at the San Francisco Conservatory of 
Music, studying composition with Conrad 
Susa. "I'm using the precious summer months 
to finish the opera I'll be submitting for my 
thesis," he writes. "Fairly ambitious, consider- 
ing I've written all of fifteen songs in my life. 
In my spare time I lounge in cafes with ever- 
etfervescent Jenna Eadie." Nirmal can be 
reached at I55S-.^ Howard St., San Francisco 

David W. Hsia received a J.D. fi'om Penn 
law in May. After the New York bar exam in 
July, David will start as an associate in the 
corporate department at Fulbright & Jaworski 
L.L.P. in New York City. David recently saw 
Tameem Ebrahim '93. who may move 
troni London to Singapore. David, Ken Mak. 
and David Lenter talked about making 
one more pilgrimage to Brown last spring to 
hear Vartan Gregonan speak for the last time. 
David can be reached at davehsia@dolphin.; 201 E. 8oth St., #7-H, New York 
Ciry 1002 1 ; 

Adam S. Marlin has graduated from 
Columbia School of JournaHsm. He had a 
great time seeing fnends at Campus Dance. 
Adam can be reached at 

Kimberly Nicholls writes: "I've changed 
jobs - now I'm at, serving up 
Web-based stock quotes and related infomia- 
tion for partners such as Schwab and Fidehr>'." 
Kimberly can be reached at 661 San Diego 
Ave.. Sunnyvale, CaUf. 94086; kimberly® 


Jethro Berkman has been awarded a Dorot 
Fellowship in Israel. 

David Bowsher finished his first year 
of law school at Duke. Classmates Joe Grant, 
who finished his second year, and Sandy 
Choi are also at Duke. David worked at May- 
nard. Cooper & Gale in Binningham, Ala., 
until the end of June, and then was in D.C. at 
the antitrust division of the justice department. 
David can be reached at 13 15 Morreene Rd. 
#23-L, Durham, N.C. 27705; db27S7@ 

Carma Burnette is assistant director of 
the Institute for Recruitment of Teachen at 
Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. She got 
her master's in higher education from the Uni- 
versity of Michigan kist December. She can be 
reached at Phillips Academy, Andover 01810; 


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Ansley T. Erickson has been awarded a 
lames Madison Fellowship, an award for cur- 
rent or prospective teachers ot Amencan histor\' 
and social studies. She can be reached at P.O. 
Box 8t)8, Sjy Highway 314, Fayetteville, Ga. 

Kent Ibsen is an engineer at Texas 
Instruments. "I have been spending time with 
Jen Weu '96, who is working at the Dallas 
Visual Arts Center. I travel to the San Jose 
area frequently," Kent writes, "and look for- 
ward to visiting some fnends out there, 
including Emily Bliss. I want to know if 
Sasha Robinson is in that area writing com- 
puter viruses." Kent can be reached at 001 
Markville #2021, Dallas 75243; (972) 743-6166; 

Marc Kolb and his wife, Lisa (Rhode 
Island College '95), celebrated their first wed- 
ding anniversary on June S. Marc is the offen- 
sive coordinator at Franungham State College, 
Mass. Lisa has one year left at Roger Williams 
Universit)' School of Law, and last semester 
she was elected to the board of editors for the 
RWU Law Review. Marc and Lisa can be 
reached at 83 Forest St., #3, Atrieboro, Mass 
02703; (508) 223-1610. 

Xeno Miiller married Erin Drover (UC 
'9s) at the Santa Ana (Calif) courthouse and 
again at the Church of the Mountains in Lake 
Tahoe on New Year's Eve. Enn is expecting 
a baby in December. Xeno won a gold medal 
at the Atlanta Olympics in men's single sculls. 
He writes: "I'd like to say hello to the Brown 
rowers who were representing their home 
countries at the Olympics -Jamie Koven, 
Igor Boraska '95, Porter Collins '98, and 
Dennis Sveglij '96. " 


Kimberly P. Brown married James J. Na 

'95 on May 24 in Kimberly's hometown. 
West Des Moines, Iowa. Many Brown alumni 
attended the wedding, including best man 
Steven A. Moya '94, groomsman Sean 
F. Powers '94, and groomsman Kevin Bau. 
Friends can reached Kimberly and James at 
5701 Centre Ave., #705, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15206; 
Jjnsti i+(a' 

Rose Susan Cohen finished her first 
year m the M.D./Ph.D. program at Columbia 
College of Physicians and Surgeons. This 
summer she worked in a molecular neurobi- 
ology lab in the Columbia Center for Neuro- 
biology' and Behavior and lived in Greenwich 
Village. Rose can be reached at P&S Box 26, 
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Co- 
lumbia University, New York, N.Y. 10032; 

Nicole Stanton taught tenth- and 
eleventh-grade English at Phillips Academy in 
Andover, Mass. Now she is at the Universiry 
of Michigan in the Ph.D. program 111 Amen- 
can culture. 

Jennifer Thorp works for ,1 financial 
publishing in Bethesda, Md. She is 

the communications officer for her com- 
pany's conmiunity alliance team, which does 
projects focusing on children, education, and 
the homeless. 

Eric Sillman. Jen Daily, and Elizabeth 
Hunt met up in Peru at the end of April and 
traveled together to Cuzco, the Sacred Valley 
of the Incas, and Machu Picchu. Eric lives 
in Lima and works for TechnoServe, an 
international development organization. Eliz- 
abeth is a Peace Corps volunteer in Jaboncillo, 
Ecuador. Jen is a VISTA volunteer in Lowell, 
Mass. Eric can be reached at tns-pe( 

Kena Yokoyama works for General 
Electric at the corporate research and devel- 
opment center in Schenectady, N.Y. He is 
going to school part-time for his master's in 
mechanical engineering and can be reached at 
yokoyama(5!exco i 

I Lwis I ipsnr 


The graduate program in molecular and cell 
biology held a daylong reunion symposium 
to mark the program's twenty-first anniver- 
sary and to commemorate the retirement of 
the program's founder. Professor Frank G. 
Rothman. The morning session opened with 
remarks by the current program director, 
associate professor Gary Wessel, and professor 
Susan Gerbi, director of the program's pre- 
doctoral training grant from the National 
Institute of General Medical Sciences. Profes- 
sor Rothman followed with an anecdotal 
"prehistory and early history of the M.C.B. 
program. " His remarks were followed by six 
research presentations by graduates of the 
program: Albert Abbott 'So Ph.D. from 
Clemson University, Wade Bushman '84 
Ph.LO. from Northwestern University medical 
school, Michael Dipersio 91 Ph.I^. from 
MIT, A. Douglas Laird '94 Ph.D. from 
Cornell. Lynn Rothschild '86 Ph.D. from 
the NASA/ Ames Research Center, and 
Nancy Thompson '86 Ph.D. from Rhode 
Island Hospital and Brown's medical school. 
Their topics included studies m mammalian 
ilevelopmental biology, terrestnal microbiol- 
ogy relevant to Mars, cell division and cancer. 

and peaches as a genetic model. The morning 
session ended with a tribute to Professor 
Rothman, who was a member of the Brown 
faculty for thirty-six years, by Donald Marsh, 
dean of biology and medicine. The afternoon 
session covered issues related to career paths 
for program graduates. Kathleen Madden 
Williams '86 Ph.D. described how she amved 
at her present position as an intellectual- 
property attorney with Banner & Witcoffin 
Boston. Professor Gerbi then reported on 
the recent conference on graduate education 
sponsored by the Federation of American 
Societies for Expenmental Biology, which she 
chaired. The symposium closed with a panel 
discussion on diverse job opportunities for 
biomed Ph.D.s, in which Drs. Rothschild and 
Williams were joined by Susan DiBartolo- 
meis '89 Ph.D., of MillersviUe University, 

This year's recipients of the Graduate School's 
Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Award were 
Stanley Berger '59 Ph.D. and Wllma Ebbitt '43 
Ph.D. Berger, who received his Ph.D. In applied 
mathematics. Is a professor of mechanical 
engineering at the University of California- 
Berkeley and a researcher In theoretical fluid 
mechanics and bloengineerlng. Ebbitt received 
her Ph.D. In English and was an English pro- 
fessor at Pennsylvania State University until 
her retirement. 

and John Thompson, a postdoctoral associate 
from 1983 to 1988. who is now with Pfizer 
Inc. The day ended with a social hour, fol- 
lowed by dinner. Other graduates joining the 
festivities were Vladimir Atryzek '76 Ph.D., 
Ellen Woodland Bushman '83 Ph.D., 
Mark FitzGerald '95 Ph.D. from the Boston 
University School of Medicine, John Leong 
'85 Ph.D. from the Universiry of Massachu- 
setts Medical Center, Andrew Mendelsohn 
'91 Ph.D. from Massachusetts General Hospi- 
tal, Gail RadclifTe '86 Ph.D. from Exact 
Laboratories Inc., and Barbara Stebbins- 
Boaz '90 Ph.D. from the Worcester Founda- 
tion for Experimental Biology. To keep 
alumni informed of future events and to col- 
lect information for our reports, the program 
needs your help. If you haven't already 
done so, please return your questionnaire to 
M.C.B. Graduate Program, Brown Univer- 
sin-. Box G-J364, Providence, R.I. 02912; 
(401) S63-1661,; incb(a' 

After thirty years of teaching, James H. 
Bride II '64 M.A.T. has left Noble and 
Greenough School in Dedham. Mass., to estab- 
lish two software companies: Bnde Media 
International and Bride Howland Productions. 
He won several software awards in 1996 and 
is working on a literar\' CD-ROM and video 
series for distribution with Films for the 

82 ♦ SI;|'TF;M BtR/OCTOBliR 1997 

Hiinunities and Sciences. James can be reached 
at (617) 329-7660; jimbride@aol. com. 

John Henderson '66 Ph.D.. associate 
professor ot French at Dickinson College, has 
retired after thirry-one years with the school. 
The director of otf-campus studies since 1973. 
he has helped guide Dickinson's international 
operations for twents'-four years. He plans to 
spend rime in Phippsburg. Maine, in rerirement. 

C.T. Liu '67 Ph.D.. Oak Ridge. Tenn., 
has been appointed an honorable professor at 
the Beijing University of Science and Tech- 
nology. He IS a senior teUow ot the U.S. 
Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National 

John B. Hattendorf '71 A.M. received 
an honorary doctorate of humane letters from 
Kenyon CoUege in Apnl. John is a professor 
of maritime history at the U.S. Naval War 

Bakul R. Kamani '71 Sc.M. and his 
wife. Pratuna, celebrated rwenty-five years of 
mamage in Orlando. Fla.. on Jan. 20. Three 
hundred relatives, friends, and well-wishers 
attended the festivities. Daughter AnjaH. son 
Amit. and fnends gave them a pleasant sur- 
prise, and they renewed their vows in a mini- 
marriage ceremony. Bakul can be reached at 
7308 'Wethertleld Dr.. Orlando 32819; (407) 


Serge Boucher '72 Sc.M.. Mons, Bel- 
gium, was named rector of the Faculte Poly- 
technique de Mons m October 1994. 

Douglas Skopp '74 Ph.D. was promoted 


PHYSICS first: When a student at North 
Hunterdon (N.J.) Regional High School won 
a scholarship recently, he told the Newark 
Sunday Star-Ledger that his biggest aca- 
demic influence has been Thomas Palma 
'69 M.A.T., who, the student says, "changed 
my life." Raima's innovations have included 
reversing the order in which high-school 
science courses are taught. "Biology builds 
on chemistry, chemistry builds on physics," 
he says. "It's the best way to teach science." 

to distinguished teaching professor at SUNY- 
Plattsburgh in Apnl. Douglas has been a pro- 
fessor of histoPi' at Plattsburgh since 1972 and 
was a recipient of the Chancellor's Award 
tor Excellence in Teaching. 

Peter Gow '76 A.M.. Dedham, Mass.. 
has published Quaker SiJiUticket: The Rclii^ious 
Comiiiutiily Behind the i]lhihng Empire (Mill 
Hill Press), with co-author Robert J. Leach. 
Peter has been a teacher for more than r^venty 
years, most recendy chairing the history 
department at Beaver Country Day School 111 
Chestnut Hill. Mass. 

Ernest George '78 Sc.M. can be reached 
at 22.S9-A OHver Hazard Perry Highway, 
Wakefield. R.I. 02879; erne( 

Eric Godfrey '78 Ph.D. received the May 
Buniby Severy Award, presented for excel- 
lence in teaching, in May. Enc is a professor of 
sociology and acting chair of the anthropol- 
ogy and sociology department at Ripon Col- 
lege, Wis. 

Steven Kovner "So Sc.M. (see Marcia 
Gracie Kovner '80). 

K.T. Ramesh '88 Ph.D. promoted to 
professor of mechanical engineering at Johns 
Hopkins in March. He continues to work 
in the areas of dynamic behavior and dynamic 
failure in materials. He can be reached at 

Ian M. Taplin '86 Ph.D., Winston- 
Salem, N.C., has been appointed the Zachary 
T. Smith associate professor in the depart- 
ment of sociology and the graduate school of 
management at Wake Forest University. 

Drita P. Almeida "91 A.M. wntes: "1 
read the class notes religiously and have finally 
decided to write in. After graduation I moved 
to Houston and within a few months landed 
a job as administrator of the M.D./Ph.D. pro- 
gram at Baylor College of Medicine. Since 
I was responsible for recruiting students, I was 
able to take a trip to Providence to recruit 
Brown undergrads. I have two children: 
Mateus Karl. 4, and Alyssa Marie. 2. My hus- 
band. Marco, worked in commercial diving 
for our first four years in the area, but since 
the spnng of 1995 he has operated a lawn and 
landscaping business. In August of 1995 1 
went back to school to pursue a degree in 
public health at the University of Texas. 
Houston. I have been working as a graduate 
fellow in the epidemiology department at 
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and I plan to 
start work this fall." Dnta and Marco can be 
reached at 1322 Curtin St.. Houston 77018; 
(713) 683-9S76. dinalmeida(S] 

Izuan Amir Isa '94 Sc.M. (see "93). 

Tengku Razmi Othman '94 (see 
Izuan Atnir Isa '93). 

Rizman Othinan '96 Sc.M. (see Izuan 
Amir Isa '93). 


Steven A. Brody '74 M.M.S. (see '73). 

Philip W. Kantoff'79 (see '76). 

Sylvia D. Santos-Ocampo '89 married 
Edward Angtuaco in Manila. Phihppines. on 
Jan. 6. 1996. with their families in attendance. 
The ceremony was performed by His Emi- 
nence Jaime Cardinal Sin at the Archbishop's 
Palace. Sylvia and Edward met at Washington 
University in St. Louis, where Sylvia was a 
fellow in pediatnc cardiology at St. Louis 
Children's Hospital and Edward was a fellow 
in neuroradiology at the Mallinckrodt Insti- 
tute of Radiology. They have joined the fac- 
ulty of the University of Arkansas for Medical 
Sciences in Little Rock. Friends may reach 
them at 440] Bear Tree Dr.. Little Rock 

72212: angtuacosylvias(gexchange. 
Andrew L. Feldman '91 (see '86). 
Jini Han '97 (see Tanya Fagaly "93). 
Kathy Lin '97 (see Tanya Fagaly '93). 


Reiuicrs iiuiy notice that iihiny of tliii moiiili's 
ohitiiariei are for ehissniatei wlio passed away seme 
time ago. A recent round of sohcitutions from tlie 
Brown Annnal Fund has generated some unfortu- 
nate updates, which, despite their lateness, we 
thought should be included in the BAM. - Editor 

John W. Rhoads 17. Cherry Hill, NJ.; 
Aug. 16. 1993. He was a pubHc-school teacher 
in Philadelphia tor more than forty-three 
years. He practiced law dunng school hoUdays 
for sixty years, retinng when he was 8 1 . He 
was also an ordained minister. Mr. Rhoads 
was a Rhode Island National Guard veteran 
of World War I. He is survived by his wife. 
Gladys. 550 Grant Ave.. West CoUingswood. 
NJ. 08107. 

Francis Guy White '20. Spnngfield. 111.; 
Apnl 9. He turned 100 in February. A techni- 
cal director tor Granite City Steel Co. for 
foiTy-five years, he founded its department of 
metallurgy and inspection. He retired in i960. 
He was a longtime member of the U.S. 
Power Squadron, serving as an educational 
officer, and was active on several histoncal 
committees. His first wireless penmts were 
signed by Marconi. When the Titanic sank, he 
picked up distress signals that included the 
names of survivors in lifeboats, which he then 
provided to the New York Times. Active in 
many technical societies, he was a member of 
the American Institute of Metallurgical Engi- 
neers, member emeritus of the American Iron 
and Steel Institute, and a founding member of 
the American Metal Society. He had several 
patents relating to stainless steel and galva- 
nized and corrugated sheet iron. He sen'ed in 
the U.S. Navy as a chief petty officer dunng 
Worid War 1. Mr, White is survived by a 
daughter. Ann White Gilman "51. 78 
Williams St.. Longmeadow, Mass. 01 106. 

Sister Katherine E. Ignatius '22, Philadel- 
phia; June 16, 1990. She was a missionar)- ser- 
vant of the Most Blessed Trinity. She made 
pilgrimages to Rome and to Manan shnnes m 
Portugal, Spain, and France. 

Edward F. St. George '22, Media, Pa.; 
Dec. 31. 1 97 1. He is survived by a daughter. 
Pauline S. Brown, 247 La Roche Ave., Har- 
rington Park, NJ. 07640. 

("ol.John H. Williams '23. Sun City, Ariz.; 
Dec. 9. He was retired from the U.S. Air 

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Force. He is survived by his wife, Oline, 14226 Dr.. Sun City Xs.isi. 

Walter M. Cobe '2.S. Belmont. Mass.: April 
12. He was owner of Carroll Perfumers until 
his retirement. He is survived by his wife. 
Aline, 109 Cross St., Belmont 02178; a son: a 
daughter; and granddaughter Laurie Reeder 

Barbara Dyer Mitchell Flint '26, River- 
side. Calif: Feb. 2. of renal cancer. She was a 
retired social worker. An accomplished vio- 
linist, she played semi-professionally for many 
years. A member of the docent program at the 
Riverside Museum, she was elected Docent 
of the Year in 1985. She is survived by three 
sons and two daughters, including Connie 
Ransom, 4475 Ramona Dr.. Riverside 92506. 

Anne Crawford Jonah '27. Dallas: Aug. 19, 
1994. She was a retired real estate broker. She 
is sur\'ived by a daughter, Anne J. Bell, 4555 
Laren Ln., Dallas 75244. 

Walter S. Stedman '27, Albany. N.Y.; 
Apnl 2, 1995. After he retired from Robert- 
son M. Fort Associates Inc. as vice president, 
he was assistant attorney general of New- 
York State. During World War 11 he sen'ed 
in the mihtaiy police m the U.S. Army. He 
is survived by his wife, Brenda, 9 Circle Ln,, 
Albany 12203. 

Margaret Rydberg Sanders '2<S, Wellesley, 
Mass.; Feb. 21. She taught at the American 
College of Sofia, Bulgaria. A specialist on the 
Balkans, she worked with her husband on 
research and writing projects. A popular lec- 
turer on Balkan history, she was active in 
many organizations, including the University 
of Kentucky Women's Club, the Boston 
University Women's Guild, and the League 
of Women Voters. She is survived by her 
husband, Irwin, 400 School St.; a son: and a 
daughter, Gerda S. Groff'62. 

Priscilla Horr Stevens '28, Providence; 
May 1 1 . She taught at Classical High School 
for sixteen years, and Hope High School for 
another sixteen. She was a member of Epis- 
copal Grace Church in Providence. Phi Beta 
Kappa. She is survived by her husband, John, 
Bethany Home, 1 1 1 S. Angell St.. Providence 

Kenneth D. Demarest '29, Cranston, R.I.: 
Jan. I, 1986. He was manager of the chemical 
engineering department of Foster Wheeler 
Corp. He is survived by his wife, Jesselyn; and 

Gertrude E. Murphy '29, Palmer, Mass.; 
Feb. 2. She was a retired English teacher at 
Palmer High School. 

Lester F. Shaal '29. North Providence, R.I.; 
Apnl iN. He was an engineer for the Atlantic 
Refining Co. for thirry-five years, retiring 

in 1965. A member of the Warwick Country 
Club and the Providence Art Club, he was 
president of his class at Brown. He is survived 
by a daughter, Alice Casserlie '58, Shadow 
Lake Rd.. Glover. Vt. 05839: and a son. 

Joseph Zaparanick "29, Madison, Conn.; 
June 6, 1992. He was a retired chemist at 
Nopco Chemical Co. He is survived by his 
wife, Lillian, 30 Lawson Dr., Madison 06443. 

Zelia DoAvning Metcalf '30, Doylestown, 
Pa.; Feb. 12. A laboratory technician, she was 
active in community service. She is survived 
by a son, John, 2550 Woods Edge Rd., Bath, 
Pa. 1 80 1 4: and two daughters. 

Robert H. Morris '30, Brimfield, Mass.; 
March 18. 1996. He was a retired representa- 
tive of Union Central Life Insurance Co. He 
is survived by his wife, Helen, 4 Cypress Ct., 
Bnmtleld oioio. 

Harold S. Prescott '30, Mount Vernon, Mo.; 
March 20. He was a retired civil engineer. He 
served in the U.S. Anny Corps of Engineers 
during World War II. He is survived by three 
sons, including Harold Jr. '53, P.O. Box 
438. El Dorado. Calif 95623: and a daughter. 

L. Metcalfe Walling '30, Randolph Center, 
Vt.; Jan. 21. A retired attorney, in 1955 he 
headed a U,S. economic mission to Cambo- 
dia. In 1942 he was appointed by President 
Roosevelt as administrator of the Wage and 
Hour Act, which covered the working condi- 
tions of 21 milhon workers. In 1935 he 
helped establish the first Depanment of Labor 
in Rhode Island. Dunng World War 11. he 
supervised field investigations and enforce- 
ment under the wage stabilization program ot 
the War Labor Board. Phi Beta Kappa. He is 
sui-v'ived by a son, Alexander, 1 10 W. 8ist St., 
New York Cir\- 10024. 

Bertram E. Youmans '30. Delray Beach. 
Fla.; April 12, 1990. He was president of 
Connecticut Spring Corp. He is survived by 
his wife, Louise, 1225 S. Ocean Blvd.. Delray 
Beach 33483. 

Jerome S. Anderson III '31. Woodstock, 
Vt.; May 6, 1996. He was a retired printer. 
During World War II, he served as a yeoman, 
third class, with the U.S. Naval Reserve. He 
IS survived by a daughter. Margaret. P.O. Box 
367, Woodstock 05091. 

Henry C. Ettling '32. Huntington, W.Va.; 
March 6, 1992. He is survived by a son, Heniy 
C. Etthng III. 40 Kates Dr., South Point, Ohio 
45680: and a sister, Mary E. Summer '34. 

WiUiam W. Wemple '32, Clayton. Del.: 
July 5, 1994. He is sur\-ived by his wife. 
Pauline, 415 West St., Box 656. Clayton 1993S. 

Hyman A. Schulson '33, New York C"ir\-; 
May 19. A 1936 gratiuate ot Yale law scliool. 

he was a practicing attorney for almost sixty 
years. He worked for the National Labor 
Relations Board and the Zionist Organization 
of Amenca, represented the Jewish Agency 
for Palestine before the United Nations, and 
was executive director and counsel to the 
American ORT Federation. A member of the 
bar associations of New York, the District of 
Columbia, and Wisconsin, he was active in 
Jewish organizations and community service 
groups. He was a U.S. Army veteran of 
World War II. Phi Beta Kappa. He is sur- 
vived by his wife, Ruth, 25 W. Sist St.. #28, 
New York City 10024; and sons David "74 
and Henry '77. 

Rutherford L. Swatzburg '33, Denver; 
1992. He was the owner of Seven-Up BottHng 
Co. He is survived by his wife, Betty, 6800 
Leetsdale, Denver 80224. 

Robert T. West '33, Mmneapohs; Dec. 27, 
1996. He was news editor of WCCO Radio 
until his retirement in 1970. Previously he 
wrote flight-training films for the U.S. Army, 
Navy, and Air Force and worked for MGM 
as a play editor, covering out-of-town tryouts 
and New York City openings. He is sun'ived 
by his wife, Mary, 5049 Woodlawn Blvd., 
Minneapolis 55417. 

Charlotte Ferdinand Bunis '34. Laguna HiUs, 
Calif; Feb. 25. She is sur\'ived by a daughter. 

Edward L. Keating '34. Green Valley. Ariz.; 
April 9. He was founder and first president 
of the Vemiont Seniors' Golf Association and 
of the Southern Arizona Seniors' Golf Associ- 
ation. Active in the USGA Green Section, he 
was an e.xecutive on the World Senior Golt 
Association Board. He is survived by his wife. 
Hazel, 501 S. La Posada Circle, #263, Green 
Valley 85614. 

Lillian Atchison Piotraschke '34. Webster, 
N.Y.: Sept. 7. 1996. She is sun.'ived by her 
husband. Charles, 551 Adams Rd.. Webster 

George H. Williamson Jr. '34, Noith 
Myrtle Beach, S.C: June 5, 1995. He was a 
retired plant engineer. He is survived by his 
wife, Mary, 1202 Thomas Ave., North Myr- 
tle Beach 29582. 

Worthington Johnson '36, F.tirfield, Conn.; 
Feb. 20. A dedicated philanthropist, he helped 
the Choate-Roseniar\' Hall School, the Fair- 
field Countn' Day School, and the Wakeman 
Boys and Girls Club. He is survived by his 
wife, Frances, 794 Sasco Hill Rd., Fairtield 

Marcello A. Tropea '36. Providence: May 
6. A retired lawyer, he was a clerk for the 
House Finance Committee in the 1970s. He 
was a fifty-year member of both the Rhode 
Island Bar Association and the Amencan 
Lesjion. He was a staff seriieant 111 the U.S. 

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Amiy during World War II and was awarded 
the Amiy Commendation Ribbon. He is sur- 
vived by two daughters. 

Joseph A. Yacovone '36. Rumtord. R.I.; 
lune s. A longtuiie resident of Rumford, he 
received his D.M.D. from Tufts and was chief 
of the division of dental health for the state 
Department of Health from 1965 to 1989. He 
was chair of the state Board of Examiners 
in Dentistry and the state Radiation Advisor)' 
Committee, and served as executive director 
of the state Office of Comprehensive Health 
Planning. An internationally respected dental 
educator and researcher, he held academic 
appointments at Tufts School of Dental Medi- 
cine, the University of Rhode Island. Har- 
vard's School of Public Health, Boston Uni- 
versity, and the Salve Regina School of 
Nursing. He was a fellow of the International 
College of Dentists, the American Public 
Health Association, and the American Col- 
lege of Dentists. He received the Gold Medal 
of Honor from the Rhode Island Dental 
Association, and in 1980 the Rhode Island 
Dental Assistants Association estabhshed a 
scholarship in his name at the Community 
College of Rhode Island. He was a U.S. 
Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, 
serving in the South Pacific as a major in the 
dental corps. He is survived by his wife, Mar- 
garet, 74 Bent Rd., Rumford 02916; a son; 
and a daughter. 

Alan V. Young "37, Providence; May 31. 
A realtor with J. W. Riker in Rhode Island, 
he was a foniier member of the summer 
White House press corps and an America's 
Cup contmentator for WHIM radio. He was 
a championship sailor in several Narragansett 
Bay classes. Mr. Young was a U.S. Amiy 
Air Forces veteran of World War II. He is 
sur\-ived by a son, Curtis '65, 231 140th Ave. 
NE, Bellevue, Wash. 98005. 

Phyllis Roberts Briggs '38. Ashland, Mass.; 
Apnl 4, 1996. She was a counselor for the 
Milton public school system. Previously she 
was a teacher, social worker, guidance coun- 
selor, and school psychologist in Rhode 
Island. She is survived by her husband, Arnold, 
35S Cedar St., Ashland 01721; and a son. 

H. Ainsley Coffin '38, Marblehead, Mass.; 
March 5, 1996. He was a sales manager with 
New England Fabil Manufacturing Corp. A 
lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he served 
in the American, European, Pacific, and 
Philippine liberation theaters dunng World 
War II and was awarded fifteen battle stars and 
the Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife, 
Nancy, $ Edgemore, Marblehead 0194.^- 

Lyn Crost '38, Washington, D.C.; Apnl 7, 
of a brain tumor. She was a former poHtical 
reporter and a European correspondent during 
World War II. Her 1994 book. Honor hy Fire, 
chronicled the heroism of Japanese-American 
soldiers dunng the war ("Speak, Memory," 

BAM, ]u\y 1995). Besides reporting for the 
Honolulu Slar-Bulktin and the Associated Press, 
she worked in the Eisenhower administration 
as a communications special assistant. A pho- 
tograph of Crost, her typewriter, and some of 
her war correspondent unitoniis are on dis- 
play at the Smithsonian Institution's National 
Museum ot Amencan History'. She was a mem- 
ber of the Washington Independent Wnters 
Association. She is survived by her husband, 
Thomas Stern, 2400 Foxhall Rd. NW, Wash- 
ington, D.C. 20007; and a daughter. 

Sarah Higgins Devenish '38, Providence; 
May 23. She was an Enghsh teacher at North 
Providence High School for many years. She 
is survived by two sons. 

Frank B. Foster '38, Beverly, Mass.; April i. 
He was the founder and first president of 
Chase-Foster Inc. A member of the Rhode 
Island Country Club and Piper's Landing 
Country Club, he was a former member of 
the Hope and the University Clubs. At Brown 
he was senior class president and played var- 
sity football. He is sur\-ived by two daughters, 
including Lynne, 431 Hale St., Prides Cross- 
ing, Mass. 01965. 

Malcolm C. Spalding '38, Fairfield, Conn.; 
March 27. He was a retired mathematics 
teacher at Wilton (Conn.) High School. A 
second lieutenant in the U.S. Army infantry 
during World War II, he served in Italy, 
France, and Central Europe. Dunng the 
Korean conflict he participated in the United 
Nations defensive and offensive campaigns 
and the communist Chinese intervention. He 
served as commander of the 3rd Battalion, 
44th Artillery Amiy Air Defense from 1957 to 
1962. He was awarded the Bronze Star with 
two oak leaf clusters, two combat infantry 
badges, and two U.S. Anny Commendation 

Harold A. Woodcome '38, Rumford, R.I.; 
April 30. He was a family physician in the 
Blackstone Valley area of Rhode Island for 
more than fifty years, rearing at 79. He served 
on the staff' of Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, 
for more than fifty-three years and was on the 
staff" of Notre Dame Hospital, Central Falls. 
A captain in the U.S. Amiy medical corps dur- 
ing World War II, he was awarded a Bronze 
Star. He was a past president of the Pawtucket 
Medical Society, a member of the Rhode 
Island Medical Society, and a feUow of the 
American Academy of Family Practice. He is 
suPi'ived by his wife, Elizabeth, i Reservoir 
Ave.. Rumford 02916; two sons, including 
Harold Jr. '68; a daughter, Elizabeth 'Wood- 
come Howard '81; and grandson Harold '98. 

Albert L. Rivers '40 A.M., North Kings- 
town, R.I.; Apnl 14. He was a French and 
Latin teacher in the Little Falls, N.Y., school 
system for ten years, retiring in 1969. Previ- 
ously he taught in the Westerly, Jamestown, 
and North Providence school svstems in 

Rhode Island. A U.S. Army veteran of World 
War II, he was a teacher in the American 
school system in Germany and in Dhahran, 
Saudi Arabia, under the auspices of the Army. 
In 1952 and 1953, he w-as a training specialist 
in the civilian personnel department in 
Okinawa, Japan. He is survived by a sister, 
Beatnce 6. Hall. 

Jerome F. Strauss Jr. '40, Chicago; March 
18, of cardiac aiTest. He was an internist at 
Northwestern Memorial Hospital. During his 
career, he was a senior attending physician 
at Michael Reese Hospital, St. Joseph's Hos- 
pital, and Louis Weiss Memorial Hospital. He 
served on the medical school faculties of the 
University ot Illinois, University ot Chicago, 
and Northwestern University. He developed 
a standard therapy for gold toxicity, identified 
chronic fatigue syndrome as a complication 
of Epstein-Barr virus infection, and first diag- 
nosed cases of "small car syndrome," which 
includes such musculoskeletal disorders as 
'Jaguar chest" and "Corvette hip" in owners 
ot small sports cars. A member of the editorial 
research board o( Posli;raciiiatc Medicine, he was 
a diplomate of the American Board of Inter- 
nal Medicine and a member ot numerous 
medical associations. He was a captain in the 
U.S. Medical Corps and served in Europe 
during World War II. He is survived by his 
wife, Josephine, 1209 N. Astor St., Chicago 
60610; a daughter; a son. Jerome III '69; and 
a daughter-in-law, Catherine Strauss '69. 

John E. Vander Klish '40, Natick, Mass.; 
May I, 1990. He was administrator of Atlantic 
City Hospital. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of 
World War II and was commissioned a cap- 
tain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps 
in 1949. He is survived by his wife. Myrtle, 
74 Winter St., Natick 01760; and two sons. 

Daniel M. Braude '41, Brookline, Mass.; 
Apnl 7. He was a life insurance salesman. He 
is survived by his wife, Shirley, 80 Park St., 
Apt. 34, Brookline 02146; and a daughter. 

Alfred B. Gobeille '41, Providence; Apnl 27. 
He was a general practitioner in Jamestown, 
R.I., and a staff physician at South County 
Hospital tor thirty-two years before retinng in 
1974. For the last six years, he was a mathe- 
matics teacher at Mattanawcook Junior High 
School in Lincoln, Maine. A U.S. Navy veteran 
of World War II, he served as a ship's sur- 
geon. He is survived by his wife, April, Trans- 
alpine Rd., Lincoln, Maine 04457; a son; six 
daughters; and a brother, Howard '43 . 

David W. Baker '42, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; 
October 13, 1989. He was chief elevator 
engineer of Pan American World Airways 
and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. 
He is survived by his wife, C.K., 241 Bahama 
Blvd.. C'ocoa Beach 32931. 

Alanson S. Hall '42, North Providence, 
R.I.; May 18. He was a self-employed land 


surveyor for fifty years before retiring in 1990. 
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he 
served in the Pacific theater and was awarded 
the Air Medal for mentonous ser\'ice. He is 
survived by his wife, Ellen, i S i High Sei-vice 
Ave., North Providence 02904: three sons; 
and a brother, Samuel '38. 

Harris Smith '42, New Canaan, Conn.; 
Nov. 1 8, 1989. He was district sales manager 
of Mohawk Containers Inc. A staff sergeant 
in the U.S. Aniiy Air Forces dunng World 
War II, he was awarded the Amencan Defense 
Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, the 
Victory Medal, and an ETO Medal with seven 
Battle Stars. He is siir\'ived by his wife, Nancy, 
32 Wascussue Ct., New Canaan 0^840. 

Cosmo Franchetti '46. Providence; May 4. 
He was a registered phannacist tor more than 
fifty years and owned and ran the fomier 
Delfino Pharmacy in Providence for thirteen 
years, retiring in 1986. A U.S. Navy veteran 
of World War II, he was a member of 
Lymansville Memonal VFW Post. He was a 
member of the Rhode Island Pharmaceutical 
Association. He is survived by his wife, Con- 
nie, Cosmo Dr.. North Providence 02904; 
and two sons. 

James Hines "46, East Monches, N.Y.; Dec. 
8, 1988. He was distnct supenntendent for 
Suflblk BOCES II and was a trustee of Suf- 
folk Conmiumry College. Active in conmiu- 
nity leadership, in 1986 he was named Long 
Island Educator of the Year by Phi Delta 
Kappa and received the Distinguished Service 
Award from the New York State Council of 
School Superintendents. He is survived by his 
wife, Mar\- EUia-Hines, 89 Evergreen Ave., 
East Monches 1 1940. 

Francis F. White '40, Girard, lU.; Apnl 13. 
A farmer, he raised cattle and sheep for more 
than forty years. Previously he worked for 
Curtis-Wright Aircraft Company in St. Louis. 
He served as NUwood Township road com- 
missioner for several years. He was a member 
of the Lincoln, Coral Ridge, and Pompano 
Beach power squadrons, holding posts on the 
national bndge of the U.S. Power Squadron. 
He is survived by his wife, Kathy, RR2, Bo.x 
91, Girard ("12640; a son; two stepdaughters; 
and sister Ann White Gilman '51. 

Roger I. Bateman Jr. '47, Walnut Creek, 
Calif; March 2, ot\\ brain tumor. He was a 
retired vice president of Matson Terminals 
Inc. Previously he was a lieutenant comman- 
der in the U.S. Navy. He is sur\'ived by his 
wife, Rosemane, 109 Terrace Rd., Walnut 
Creek 94596. 

John S. Goflf47. Ridgefield. Conn.; April 
6. He was president of GofFand Associates, 
retiring in 1991. Previously he was a negotia- 
tions coordinator for Mobil Oil Corp. He is 
survived by a son and two daughters. 

James P. Scotti Jr. '47, Yonkers, N.Y.; 
June II, 1970. He owned a real estate and 
insurance company in Yonkers and was a 
U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by a son. 
Jay, 105 Onondaga St.. Yonkers 10704. 

Nancy Pearman Sheehan '48, Cedar, Mich.; 
April 12, 1996, of cancer. She was chair of the 
English department at Olive-Harvey College 
in Chicago. Previously she was an instructor 
in the city colleges of Chicago for rwenry-si.x 
years. She wrote poems and short stories for 
women's magazines and published five 
romance novels with Avalon Books. Under 
the pen name Nancy Lighthall she wrote Ski- 
ingjot Women and a three-volume anthology. 
Point of View. Under the name Carolyn 
Keene she wrote a Nancy Drew mystery, Tfie 
Treasure in the Royal Tower. She is survived by 
her husband, Michael, 3736 S. Bay Bluffs Dr., 
Cedar 49621; a son: a daughter; and a stepson. 

John E. Edson '49. AUyn. Wash.; Feb. 26, 
1992. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, 
P.O. Box 1303, Allyn 98524. 

Richard C. Horton 49, Sun Cit>' West, 
Anz.; Feb. 18. He wasa retired quality con- 
trol director for J. P. Stevens & Co. Inc. A 
sergeant m the U. S. Army Air Forces during 
Worid War II, he was awarded the Air Medal 
with two oak leat clusters. He is sur\-ived by 
his wife, Louise, 123 14 W. Prospect Ct., Sun 
City West 85375: a brother-in-law. Freder- 
ick Massie '48; and a nephew, Frederick 
Massie Jr. '76. 

Robert Van Swearingen '49, Poughkeep- 
sie, N.Y.; Dec. 7, 1982. He was an engineer 
at IBM. He is survived by his wife, Lois, 
Eden Park Nursing Home, Poughkeepsie 
12603; and a daughter. 

Nancy Tinker Delong '50, West Falmouth, 
Mass.; Apnl 5. She is survived by her hus- 
band, William, 32 Colonial Way, P.O. Bo.x 
743. West F.almouth 02574; two sons: a 
daughter; nvo stepsons; and a stepdaughter. 

Samuel E. Lay Jr. "50, Bourne. Mass.; July 
26, 1994. He was owner of S.E. Lay Insur- 
ance Agency. He is survived by his wife, 
Priscilla, 36 Benedict Rd., Bourne 02532. 

Herman E. Rector Jr. "50, Huntingdon 
Valley, Pa.; April 28. A research chemist with 
Rohm and Haas Co. before retinng in 1993 
because ot illness, he was a member ot the 
American Chemical Society and a U.S. Anny 
veteran of the Korean War. He is sur\-ived by 
his wife, Nancy, 939 Irvin Rd., Huntingdon 
Valley 19006: and two sons. 

Roger C. Rhodes '51, East Rutherford, 
NJ.; Dec. 26. He was a chemist at the Math- 
eson Co. He is survived by his brother. Har- 
rison, 1037 Lakeside Ct.. Grand Junction. 
Colo. 81506. 

Robert L. Westfield '51. Providence: April 

17. He was a research psychologist for the 
federal government at Hanscom Air Force 
Base in Bedford. Mass., for many years, retir- 
ing in 1994. A U.S. Anny veteran of the 
Korean War, he was a member of the Ameri- 
can Association for the Advancement of Sci- 
ence. He IS survived by his mother and a 

Virginia F. Kozler '52, Litde Feny, NJ.; 
Feb. 3. She worked at the Rockefeller Uni- 
versity'. She IS survived by a sister, Helen FiU, 
79 Pickens St., Little Ferry 07643; and a 

Donald E. Mayberry '52, Hanover, Mass.; 
Feb. 8, 1989. 

William D. Blake '53. Medford. Mass.; Apnl 
22. He was an account executive at Merrill 
Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith m Boston for 
many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. 
Navy. He is survived by a brother, Edmund J. 
Blake Jr., c/o Rich, May, Bilodeau &• Fla- 
herty, 294 Washington St., Boston 02108. 

Reece T. Clemens '53, BellviUe, Ohio; 
March 7. He was vice president of North 
Central Technical CoUege and co-owned the 
Roethhsberger Transfer Co. until his retire- 
ment in 1994. A U.S. Anny veteran of the 
Korean War, he is survived by his wife, Clare, 
102 Edmonton Rd.. Bellville 44813; a son: a 
daughter, Lisa Phillips '80: and a son-in-law, 
Thomas Phillips '79. 

Frederick Hinckjr. '54, Concord, N.H.; 
Feb. 22, 1987. He was supenntendent of 
buildings and grounds of Concord Hospital. 
He is survived by his wife. Ursula Craigie, 
P.O. Box 492152, Leesburg, Fla. 34749. 

Margaret J. Nahabit "54, Milford, Conn.; 
April 12. She was a realtor and appraiser for 
Batty Realty Co. for the last fort%' years. A 
member of the Providence Board of Realtors 
and its women's council, she was a board 
member of the East Providence Rotarv' Club. 
She was a member of the Pembroke Club of 
Providence. She is survived by her mother, 
Natfey, 95 Newman Ave.. East Providence, 
R.I. 02916; a sister. Marilyn M. Peltier '58; 
and a cousin, Robert Shea '78. 

Nicholas Strachoff '54. East Taunton, Mass.; 
Feb. 23. of a heart attack. He is sur\'ived by 
his wife, Natalie. 621 SeekeU St., East T,iunton 
02718: three daughters; and a son. 

Jaines A. Connor '55, Quincy. Mass.; Dec. 

18, 1978. He is survived by his wife, Ann, 52 
Faxon Rd.. Quincy 02 171. 

Mary Elder '56, PlainviUe. Conn.; May 11. 
She was an officer of Fleet Bank for more 
than twenty-six years, retinng in 1996. She is 
survived by a sister. 

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James F. Tiemey "56 Ph.D., Phoenix; J.111. 
27. He was a visiting scholar in the poHtical 
science department at Arizona State University. 
Previously he was an adjunct professor at 
Columbia. He is survived by his wife, Made- 
leine, 6209 N. 29th PI., Phoenix 85016. 

Donald A. Colombo '57, Tivoli, N.Y.; 
May 15, 1994. He was an architect. He is sur- 
vived by a fnend, C.R. Lascano. P.O. Box 
45, Red Hook, N.Y. 12571. 

Frank E. Toole Jr. '57, Belmont, Mass.; Apnl 
2fi, of cancer. He was owner of Carretto 
NDA, an importer of handmade Terra Rosa 
pottery from Italy. Previously he headed Car- 
bone, a Boston importer of Itahan goods, and 
for eleven years was vice president of Ted 
Bates Advertising in New York City. He served 
in the U.S. Army in Italy. He is survived by 
his wife, Janet, 54 Oakley Rd., Belmont 
02178; and a daughter. 

David E. Burt '58, Pleasant Valley, Iowa; 
Oct. 20. 1995. He was a retired sales manager 
of Desaulniers & Co. He is sun.'ived by his 
wife, Shirley, P.O. Box 5, Pleasant Valley 

Richard P. Hodges '60, Boston; March 14. 
He was owner and operator of his own home- 
restoration company. Previously he worked 
for American Energy' Control Inc. He is sur- 
vived by a son and a daughter. 

Barbara M. Colavecchio '61, Providence; 
May 12. She was a professor of English at the 
Community College of Rhode Island for 
twelve years and served on its Liberal Arts 
Academic Advisor\' Council until 1996. She 
received the college's William F. Flanagan 
Distinguished Lecturer Award in 1988 and 
the Instructor Excellence Award from the Phi 
Theta Kappa Society' in 1994. A member of 
the Edith Wharton Society, she was active in 
the RICTE Literature Consortium. She is 
survived by her mother. 

Frederick J. Almgren Jr. '62 Ph.D., Boston; 
Feb. 5, ot complications from a bone marrow 
transplant. He was the Henry Burchard Fine 
Professor of Mathematics at Princeton. He 
studied the geometry of surfaces, specializing 
in the structure of soap-bubble clusters and 
the growth of snowflakes, and was an early 
and influential figure in geometric measure 
theory. He was a founder of the National Sci- 
ence and Technology Research Center for 
Computation and Visualization of Geometric 
Structures, in Minneapolis. He is survived by 
his wife, Jean Taylor, 83 Riverside Dr., Pnnce- 
ton, NJ. 08540; his mother; two daughters; 
and a son. 

Marten A. Poole '62, Momson, Colo.; 
March 5. She was a chnical research assistant 
at Children's Hospital in Denver. She is sur- 
vived by a daughter, Annie Lareau, 395 i-A 
Fremont Ave.. Seatde 98103; and a son. 

Jonathan R. Tower '62, Pacific Grove, 
Calif; June 29, 1994. He was an art consul- 
tant for Simic Gallery in Carmel, Calif He is 
survived by his wife, Ingrid, 1005 Del Monte 
Blvd., Pacific Grove 93950; and a sister, 
Mary S. Tower '57. 

Kirsten Williams Kaiser '63, Florence, 
Mass.; Jan. 28, 1995. She was a teacher at the 
Common School, Amherst, Mass., and was 
awarded the Kohl International Teaching 
Award in 1992. She is survived by her husband, 
William, 558 Bridge Rd., Florence 01060. 

Lura Newton Sellew '64 A.M.. East Provi- 
dence; May 14. She was an art teacher for 
more than forty years and former head of the 
art department at East Providence High 
School. A member of the General Society of 
Mayflower Descendants and the Pilgnm John 
Howland Society, she was founder of the 
Warren Cousins and a member of the Luther 
Family Association. She was a charter mem- 
ber of the East Providence Historical Society 
and a member of the Rhode Island Histoncal 
Society. She is survived by her husband, CUn- 
ton, 30 Gumey St., East Providence 02914. 

David N. Van Riper '65, Carson, N. Mex.; 
July 29, 1995. He was a freelance photogra- 
pher. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, P.O. 
Box I, Carson 87517. 

Chika A. Iritani '66, New York Cifv'; April 
15. She was assistant manager of grants 
administration and operations at the Ford 
Foundation tor fifteen years. Previously she 
was with the New York City Health and 
Hospitals Corp., Manpower Development 
Research Corp., and Memorial Sloan Ketter- 
ing Cancer Center. She is survived by her 
mother, Amy, 20 Jennifer Ln., Rye Brook, 
N.Y. 10573; and a brother. 

John B. Wooster Jr. '72 A.M., FaUs Church, 
Va.; Jan. 21, of lung cancer. He is survived by 
his wife, Susan, 2863 Graham Rd., Falls 
Church 22042. 

Keith (Kip) Powell '76, Downers Grove, 
111.; April 19. He was owner of Onstott, Pow- 
ell &: Associates, which developed World 
Wide Web sites for the states of Iowa and Illi- 
nois. Previously he worked for AT&T and 
Motorola. At Brown, he was a member of 
the varsity football team. He is survived by 
his wife, Jan, 3854 Douglas Rd., Downers 
Grove 60515; and his mother. 

Leonard J. Davis '78, Englewood, NJ.; 
Nov. 28. He was an artist and writer. He is 
survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney 
Davis, 37 Cottage PI., Englewood 07631. 

Andrew F. Kingery '78, Bel Air, Md.; Dec. 
8. He is survived by his wife, Kristine, 1518 
Fountain Glen Dr., Bel Air 21015. 

Ji Suk Lee '93, Palo Alto, Calif; April 19, of 

lymphoma. He is survived by his father, 
Uhun R. Lee, 27 Raven Rd., Canton, Mass. 
0202 1 . 

William H. Jordy. Providence, Aug. 10. He 
was the Henry Ledyard Goddard Professor 
Emeritus and professor emeritus of art at 
Brown, where he taught from 1955 to 1986. 
He was the author of numerous books, 
including Henry Adams: Scientific HisWriau; 
American Buildings and Tlieir Architects; and 
Buildings on Paper: Rhode Island Architectural 
Draii'ings iS2}-ig4y He wrote several catalogs 
of sculptural exhibitions for the Rhode Island 
School of Design Museum and the David 
Winton Bell Gallery at Brown, and was a 
regular contributor to such journals as Archi- 
tectural Rei'ieii' and New Criterion. A dedicated 
preservationist. Prof Jordy was a board mem- 
ber of the Rhode Island State Council on 
the Arts, the Rhode Island Historical Preser- 
vation Commission, and the Providence 
Preservation Society. He was a Guggenheim 
Fellow from 1952-53 and received an hon- 
orary L.H.D. degree from Bard College in 
1969 and an award for history, cnticism, and 
teaching from the American Institute of 
Architects in 1986. A member of numerous 
professional organizations, he was also chair of 
Brown's Campus Planning Committee for 
many years. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, 
55 Bond Rd., Riverside, R.I. 02915; and a 

Juan Lopez-Morillas. Austin, Tex.; March 
2 1 . Professor ementus of Spanish at Brown and 
the University of Texas at Austin, he taught 
at Brown from 1943 to 1978 and retired from 
active teaching in 1989. He was named 
Alumni-Alumnae University Professor of 
Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature 
in 1965 and the William R. Kenan University 
Professor of the Humanities in 1973. The 
author ot six hooks and numerous scholarly 
articles on Spanish and comparative literature, 
in his later years he translated works by Tol- 
stoy, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, and Chekhov 
into Spanish. Among his many honors were 
an American Philosophical Society grant and 
two Guggenheim fellowships. He was presi- 
dent of the Asociacion Internacional de His- 
panistas and a member of the executive com- 
mittee of the Modern Language Association 
of Amenca and the Spain-U.S.A. Program for 
Cultural Cooperation. In 1985 King Juan 
Carlos of Spam bestowed on him the Order of 
Queen Isabella the CathoHc in recognition of 
his contributions to the understanding of His- 
panic culture. A secondar)' school was named 
in his honor in the town where he was bom m 
Spam. He is survived by his wife, Frances, 2200 
Hartford Rd., Austin 78703; a daughter; and 
two sons, including Martin Morell '63. rw 





I he Moscow building where I 
^L attended school tor ten years looks 
like most Soviet high schools erected after 
World War II; a hve-story box, its classical 
facade adorned with cracked has-reliets 
representing the writers Pushkin, Tolstoy, 
Gorky, and Mayakovsky. After more than 
eight years in the United States, in Octo- 
ber 1995 I returned to Russia to 
attend an international confer- 
ence. Dra'wn irresistibly to my old 
school, I grabbed a taxi and soon 
found myself on the front steps, 
pulling open the squeaky door. 

In the vestibule not much had 
changed. There were the same 
metal coat racks; the canary- 
yellow trim, limestone-white walls, 
and brown-bag parquet; the same 
silence. Lenin's portrait was gone. 

I walked up to a classroom on 
the second floor. There, every day 
for three years, I learned the tine 
craft of distorting the past. There 
my grade-school teacher, an old 
Stalinist who looked like a mana- 
tee, had given a friend two F's at 
once. Why? Because the eight- 
year-old boy had had the naivete 
to say that the Americans helped 
Soviet Army during World Wir II. 

Onward to the third floor and my 
twilight teens. In a corner classroom my 
literature teacher had held court. She was 
deemed insane and fired after announcing 
to us in seventh grade that she would quit 
her job [{Crime a\id Puiiishiiicur were ever 
taken oft the reading list. Up to the fifth 
floor. My chemistry teacher was still 
there. I remembered her as the bribe-taking 
madonna of the local Communist Party 
committee, the most corrupt and in some 
ways the most human of my teachers. 

It was now 9:1s, and I had only fifteen 
minutes to say hello to a teacher before 
the bell rang. My choice was clear: Miss 
History. For seven years, from 1976 to 
1984, she had taught me everything from 
ancient Greece to the Soviet constitution. 
A niesnicnzing presence and a masterful 
weaver of narratives, she had helped us 
experience scenes from the French Rev- 
olution: Danton's obesity and soiled 
clothes, the emaciated Marat in the bath- 


tub, the spectacular execution of Mane 

But I cannot forget how, with equal 
zeal, our history teacher taught us about 
the "brotherly peoples of Eastern Europe" 
(although ten years later I wouldn't dare 
speak Russian in Prague) and Brezhnev's 
memoirs (senilia that he didn't even 


write). Even worse, she concealed anv 
hint ot dissent in Soviet history; the 
Gulag, the purges, Prague Spring. I real- 
ize she was just one of hundreds of thou- 
sands of cogs in the totalitarian teaching 
machine. But I can't help wondering; 
How did Miss History remain sane dur- 
ing all those years of exhaling truth and 
lies in a single breath? 

The door opened, and I nrade my way 
to her desk. My teacher was dressed as she 
always had been, in a gray woolen skirt, 
white blouse, and cardigan. No makeup 
or jewelry. Gold-rimmed glasses. Short, 
ashen hair. She had never married, and 
she never spoke of her personal life; the 
vestal virgin of Soviet history. 

"Hello, Galina Alekseevna, " I said. "Do 
you recognize me?" 


"I'm Maxim Shniyer. I came by to see 
you." She looked at me silently, an ascetic 
smile forming on her waxen lips. 

"So, how did things turn out for you 
abroad?" Slie said iihiwui contemptuously. 

"Pretr>' well, I guess." I looked down 
at my wingtips. "I finished college and 
graduate school, and I'm teaching litera- 
ture and tilm at a university." Pupils were 
coming m for the next lesson. Thirt)' 
Russian teenagers stared at the foreign- 
looking man in the crumpled raincoat. 
"Galina Alekseevna," I said quietlv, 
"I've wanted to ask you; How do 
you teach history now? You 
cannot feed these kids the same 
emasculated accounts you had to 
give us under the Soviet regime, 

Her features became more 
solemn. "Maxim," she said, "I am 
not one of those people who spit 
at their past and their country." 

"I'm not suggesting you 

should. But what do you tell them 

about the persecutions, the KGB, 

anti-Semitism? These post-Soviet 

kids deserve to learn the truth." 

"Perhaps they do learn more 

_ facts from me," she rephed 

f steadily, "but the facts themselves 

Z haven't changed. Even your 

I triends in the West know that 

Marx was a scientist. One cannot 

possibly argue with his ideas. They are 


I was speechless. She meant every 

"Well," I finally managed, "I'd better 
get going, Galina Alekseevna." 

I wanted so much to tell her that 
despite her loyalty to a flawed ideal, I val- 
ued the unsentimental education she had 
given me. Instead, I reached inside my 
Eddie Bauer briefcase and removed a 
book. "Here," I said. "My new collection 
of verse, Aineriuui Rcnuvice. It's about my 
new hfe." 

What would she do with my hook? 
Throw It away? Read it with disgust? 
What \\ould she make of her former stu- 
dent's love aftair with America? 

"Thank you," she said, and turned on 
her little heels and shut the door. O^i 

Maxim D. Slimyci; an assistant pwfcssi.v oj 
Russian literature at Boston College, is the 
author of two collections of poems and a forth- 
(Oiuiin; hook on S'ahokov. 

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